Registrars vie for training places

ALMOST 1300 aspiring GP registrars face an anxious wait after completing the application process for 1000 available places in the AGPT program. 

News of the record number of applicants has revived warnings from experts that current remuneration levels for GP supervisors and practices remains insufficient to attract enough GPs or to enable practices to offset the costs borne by taking on registrars.

The 1289 applications for the 2012 program is an increase on last year’s 1171 applications and 1007 the year before.

While welcoming the increased demand for GP training, AMA president Dr Steve Hambleton said it underlined the need to adequately remunerate individual GP supervisors,   which in turn would  encourage others to take on the role of training the growing number of registrars.

“There is a personal financial cost in being a GP mentor,” he said. “We need to recognise the personal cost that teaching