An update from MCCC GP Training (28 November 2016)
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More than 40 MCCC Medical Educators came together in Melbourne recently for professional development. Thanks to Karen Aarons from our North West team for leading development of this opportunity.

Upcoming professional development opportunities

  • 3-4 December: Rural Emergency Skills Training (REST), Melbourne. Offered by the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM), this course is ideal for not those who practice in remote areas and Registrars looking to gain hands-on skills in a mentored environment. More details here.
  • 10 December 2016: Rural Emergency Obstetrics Training course, Melbourne. Join a team of three practicing rural GP obstetricians, supported by three experienced midwives in presentations of various skills stations and scenarios covering e.g. vaginal birth, breech, shoulder dystocia, PPH and patient transfer. This workshop is aimed at assisting non-obstetrics doctors to deal with obstetric emergencies that may arise in their practice.  The course is both ACRRM PDP and RACGP QA&CPD accredited. The course is also accredited as a Tier 2 Emergency Medicine Course for Registrars training towards FACRRM. For further information, contact Rebecca at
Call for abstracts – 14th World Rural Health Conference (29 April – 2 May 2017, Cairns)
ACRRM is encouraging researchers, rural medical practitioners and other health professionals to submit abstracts for the 14th WONCA World Rural Health Conference by COB Wednesday 30 November. Key themes include: Social and Environmental Determinants of Health; Leadership, Education and Workforce; Social Accountability and Social Capital; and Rural Clinical Practices: people and services. More information about the conference is available at:

Apply now for new RLO roles with MCCC

The MCCC Registrar Liaison Officer (RLO) team and Director of Medical Education and Training recently reviewed the RLO structure and roles. As a result we have a new model for delivery of this crucial support and liaison service. We have increased from four to six positions and have changed roles and responsibilities, and therefore the time allocation for these roles. MCCC is now calling for Expressions of Interest for these positions with a view to having the new structure in place by the commencement of the new training year. Expressions of interest are open until Friday 9 December. Download details here.


Have your say - 2016 AGPT program Registrar Satisfaction survey 
Each year the Australian Government commissions an external research company to conduct a survey of AGPT registrars to gauge levels of satisfaction with training, training providers and career progression. AGPT is asking all registrars to complete the 2016 survey on-line survey by 16 December. This is your chance to contribute anonymous feedback. Your responses are important as they will help to ensure continuous improvement in general practice training.
New research resource for GPs
Download the latest issue of General Practice Research Review. Features this month include:

  • an interesting longitudinal study that evaluated consultation patterns and symptoms in colorectal cancer patients who were diagnosed after an emergency presentation compared with a non-emergency diagnosis
  • a useful summary of the NICE guidelines for HRT
  • an Australian study discusses the impact of fibromyalgia on a patient’s ability to work

ACRRM orientation for AGPT registrars
The Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM )is running an orientation session for AGPT registrars. Access via this link
Date: Tuesday 13 December
Time: 7:00pm (QLD time) 
The session will cover all components of FACRRM training, as well as an overview of FACRRM assessments. Could you please forward this information onto any registrars who are currently enrolled through you as FACRRM, or may be interested?
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact


EOIs open for Rural General Practice Grants 

Does your practice want to improve infrastructure, or increase and improve teaching and training opportunities for health practitioners ?
The Australian Government is offering grants of up to $300,000 (GST exclusive) for regional and rural practices through the Rural General Practice Grants program, based on an equal financial commitment from general practice. Grants may be used for a range of infrastructure projects including construction, fit-out and or renovation of an existing general practice building, supply and installation of information and communication technology equipment or medical equipment. The funding round is open to general practices within the Modified Monash Classification 2-7.Grant documentation is available at The closing date for the Expression of Interest (EOI) is 2pm Canberra Local Time,Tuesday 13 December 2016. Queries relating to the EOI should be directed in writing to  

Orientation dates for 2017 intake
Dates are now set for orientation sessions to welcome and induct GP registrars joining the AGPT 2017 intake in a practice setting. If a GP registrar will be joining your practice next year, please block out these dates in your practice calendar:
  • Metro West: Tuesday 7 February (evening) – Thursday 9 February (5pm)
  • North East: Tuesday 7 & Wednesday 8 February
  • North West: Thursday 9 February & Friday 10 February
  • South West: Thursday 9 & Friday 10 February
Update re provider numbers for 2017 
In preparation for next year, MCCC Training Support Officers (TSOs) have been distributing pre-poulated AGPR Provider/Placement forms to registrars and practice managers. With the exception of a few matches that are yet to take place, all MCCC Practice Managers should have now received the required forms for each registrar who will be placed in your practice for 2017. If you have not received this form for any of your registrars, please contact your local REAPS Coordinator or Training Support Officer urgently. Please return completed forms to MCCC as soon as possible to allow Medicare and the Department of Health adequate processing time. Prompt submission will help ensure your registrar can commence work in February. Click here to download a guidance document with further details and to view a sample form.
Become a member of MCCC
MCCC is seeking to develop a broad-based membership. We invite practices in our training region to nominate a representative for membership of MCCC. The nominated individual will have voting rights at the 2017 AGM, and be eligible to nominate for election as a Director at the AGM from 2017.Interested ? Contact CEO, Greg McMeel at
Helping registrars prepare for exam success
MCCC is is committed to supporting registrars at all points of their GP training journey.

Last weekend the North East team offered GP registrars the opportunity to experience a mock online AKT/KFP examination. Twenty five registrars took part in this support opportunity, with many providing positive feedback:
"...The process itself was very smooth. I did not have any technical issues and the layout was good.
I did find that i was running out of time towards the end. Thank you for giving us the mock exam.

"...It was great.  I really liked it that it gave us an idea what it is really like..."

Medical Educators will provide follow-up feedback to registrars on their exam results.

The North East team is considering scheduling another round for those registrars that were not able to take part this weekend. 

Picture: this cartoon was developed by a group of North East Registrars who attended 2016 orientation. It captures the challenges of the General Practice environment and the end goal of achieving fellowship with RACGP and ACRRM.

Who? What? Why? When? Where and How? Celebrating our achievements and successes
What’s happening in your neck of the woods? 
MCCC is a centre of excellence for GP training and we want to spread the word.  This is a new project designed to capture and document our achievements and successes and promote MCCC as a leading-edge GP training provider. 
If you are a registrar, a member of the admin team, a supervisor or a medical educator we need your input, ideas and stories.

  • Are you working on something, exciting, innovative, new, remarkable, useful or just plain fun? 
  • Do you have an interesting profile or a story to tell about your experiences with MCCC or your community?
  • Are you working on a thought provoking project or piece of research?
  • Have you developed a new educational or administrative process, method, initiative or tool?

Don’t be shy.  Tell us the Who? Why? What? When? Where and How of your successes and achievements.
Why get involved?
 We not only want to celebrate our successes but we want to promote MCCC as a centre of excellence for GP training, gather sound evidence for funding submissions and accreditation processes and make sure we share good ideas across the whole organisation.
Marian Robinson is heading up this project and can be contacted at the Wodonga office on 02 6057 8600 or email:


30 November: North East Supervisor workshop at Milawa

10-11 DecemberExam preparation support for Metro West registrars who are enrolled in the 2017.1 FRACGP AKT/KFP papers.Contact: Kon Kakris

May 2017 - MCCC Conference May 2017, Ballarat
Topics: Sexual & Reproductive Health & Women’s Health). Attendees: GPT1PRRT1 & GPT2/PRRT2 registrars on May 11 & 12;  Supervisors joining in on May 12 & 13. More details coming soon. Please save the date

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