11 October 2017
Primary gets cosy with GP registrars
Primary Health Care is extending its reinvention as a more doctor-friendly employer by joining hands with the GP registrars’ association.
In partnership with General Practice Registrars Australia (GPRA), Primary will run events over the next year to help registrars develop their clinical and leadership skills, the group said in a statement.
The events will be open to all registrars, not just those working with the major operator of bulk-billing medical centres.
“We have a highly passionate group of experienced GPs who are keen to share their skills, expertise and experiences,” Mark Priddle, head of the Primary Health Care Institute, said.
The partnership with GPRA would allow the group to learn more about how it could support the next generation of doctors, he said.
Primary’s network currently has 90 GP registrars, an increase from 50 a year ago.
Primary is in the midst of a major recruitment drive for doctors under its newly installed managing director, Dr Malcolm Parmenter, to repair its faltering business performance.
The group poached Dr Parmenter from its major rival, Sonic-owned IPN, to replace Peter Gregg, who began the process of transforming Primary with more flexible contracts and conditions for clinicians.
Dr Andrew Gosbell, CEO of the GPRA, said there had been “some initial caution” to the idea of partnering with a large corporate like Primary.
“But when we gained an understanding of the support and commitment Primary is making to GP training and registrar education, we saw the value this partnership could offer our members right across the country.
“This partnership will also enable us to more effectively interact with Primary and support those GP registrars who are training with this corporate organisation.”
The event topics would range from clinical skills and exam support to running a small business and would help doctors develop their understanding of business and leadership, the statement said.