General Practice Training
The Kimberley Aboriginal Health GP Training Program commenced in 2003.
The program offers GP Registrars the opportunity to undertake specialised Aboriginal health placements within a network of Aboriginal community controlled health services (ACCHS) across the Kimberley region.
There are opportunities to be involved in general clinic, special program clinics such as chronic disease, antenatal and child health, some locations also experience working in remote community clinics.
More advanced trainees in subsequent terms: (GPT3) special skills terms (GPT4), Advanced Rural Skills Training (ARST – RACGP) or Advanced Skills Training (AST – ACRRM) are able to develop a range of additional skills as outlined in further detail below.
These training posts offer a supported learning environment for GP Registrars who work with Aboriginal Health Workers, registered nurses and support staff to provide holistic, culturally appropriate health care and integrated preventive programs. The experience involves town and remote community-based consulting practice, involves work on preventive health programs targeting Aboriginal populations.
Registrars who have completed at least GPT1 and usually GPT2 can develop an expanded range of clinical practice in remote settings and in the prevention and primary care treatment of renal disease (renal services for the Kimberley are run by KAMS in collaboration with Royal Perth Hospital).
The ARST/AST additional year provides an opportunity for registrars who already have some experience in Aboriginal health to combine clinical work with some or all of regional level policy and planning work, teaching, practical community based research, other aspects of population health and workforce development.
KAMS provides local support to GP registrars in the region, KAMS also assists in liaising with relevant bodies involved in GP training (e.g. RACGP, ACRRM). Registrars are employed and paid by KAMS for all Kimberley Aboriginal health posts.
For further information about this Program, please contact:
June Gulati – Executive Assistant to Medical Director OR
Michael Bartram – Senior Medical Officer
Phone: (08) 9194 3200