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.

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Glenn Rosendahl
Glenn Rosendahl
10 months 7 days ago
I worked with PHC for almost 5 years, and in the time they moved me to a smaller clinic closer to my home. I had no real problem until a local GP was retained who had a reputation for supplying the local addict community with their desired drugs of addiction. Abruptly the waiting room had a different ambience, and the practice manager, who had been with the practice for more than a decade, moved out. She told me she was not prepared to support this practitioner. Then I was confronted with one of his patients, who – in his absence… Read more »
Red Riding Hood
Red Riding Hood
10 months 7 days ago

But Grandma what big teeth you have?