Registrar places filled: Govt promises more

A RECORD number of GP registrars have entered the General Practice Education & Training (GPET) program this year, with all 900 places successfully filled.

The announcement by Health Minister Nicola Roxon, made last week at the GPRA conference in Canberra, follows the promised increase in GP training place numbers – up from last year’s intake of 700.

General practice appears to have been a popular career choice for medical graduates, with GPET receiving 1235 eligible applications, leaving over 300 applicants without a GP training place.

Ms Roxon told delegates the increases to training place numbers over the past four years had put 475 extra GPs in training. By lifting the total number of training places to 1200 by 2014, the Government would deliver an extra 5500 GPs by the end of the decade, she added.

“This is the highest number of trainees since the program’s inception – an investment… of $762