Aboriginal Health Training Posts
Become exceptional, with GPEx.
To assist you in becoming an exceptional GP, we offer training placements in Aboriginal health.
This includes dedicated support in the field of Aboriginal health.
At GPEx we believe the opportunity to train in Aboriginal health services and communities creates better and more culturally aware GPs.
We also recognise that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander doctors provide a unique perspective on the health of their community and the health care system.
Our vocational training program offers:
- Respect: Learn about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture, history and health, and how this applies in a general practice setting. Our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander registrars receive culturally appropriate mentoring and training support.
- Collaboration: We collaborate with Aboriginal health training posts across urban, rural and remote South Australia to create a positive training experience. You’ll have access to Cultural Mentors and enjoy a team environment working with supervisors, nursing staff and Aboriginal health workers who will support you along your journey.
- Community: Develop a holistic approach to medicine that makes a difference, not just to individuals but to entire communities. Cultural Mentors connect our registrars with local communities and help make their experience in an Aboriginal post positive and rewarding. Leadership development is a core focus of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander registrar training so you can return to your community with a better understanding of community needs and become an advocate for Aboriginal health.
GPEx Training Program
GPEx registrars (our GPs in training) gain hands-on experience via an apprentice-style system of supervised training in general practice.
We offer a well-supported and individualised, self-directed journey to becoming a qualified specialist GP.
We provide opportunities for all of our registrars to undertake some of their training in the field of Aboriginal health. We’ll prioritise your placement and assign you a dedicated Program Training Advisor (PTA) within our Aboriginal health team.
Within the AGPT program, all Aboriginal health placements are salaried positions, with options to train in one Aboriginal health post or roving across a number of training posts:
- Aboriginal health placements: Undertake a six or 12-month Aboriginal health training post in an urban, rural or remote setting. Each training post has a supervisor and Cultural Mentor to support you during your placement.
- Roving registrar: Unique to GPEx, our roving registrars travel to rural and remote locations across South Australia on a fly-in-fly-out basis to provide outreach services to Aboriginal communities. The Roving Registrar is well supported by a supervisor who accompanies the registrar to each location.
Relocation and rental subsidies are available if you work, train and reside in rural and remote locations, with some Aboriginal health training posts providing additional incentives.
You’ll experience an unparalleled level of collaboration, working with experienced GPs, nursing staff and Aboriginal health workers to deliver care in local communities.
This is complemented by the latest in technology-assisted learning, dedicated teaching times, regular workshops and comprehensive exam preparation.
The GPEx team of medical educators and program training advisors will work closely with you to provide personalised advice, mentoring and support throughout your journey.
All of our registrars undertake cultural awareness sessions during orientation followed by a two-day intensive workshop focusing on culture history and an understanding of Aboriginal health.
We’ll inspire and prepare you to become an exceptional GP.
“It’s exciting to see more and more of our GP registrars putting their hand up for Aboriginal health and train in Aboriginal Health placements.”
– Aboriginal Health Medical Educator, Dr Kali Hayward
Additional Support for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Registrars:
Make a difference in your community. We want you to succeed and offer our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander registrars the following additional support:
- Culturally appropriate mentoring and training support via our Aboriginal Medical Educator and Aboriginal Health Educator Liaison Officer.
- Opportunities to attend the Indigenous GP Registrar Network (IGPRN) workshop twice a year, the Australian Indigenous Doctors Association (AIDA) annual conference and the Yagila Wadamba annual exam preparation workshop.
- Support to attend culturally significant events such as NAIDOC Week, Reconciliation Week and Sorry Day.
- Tailored exam preparation, if you need it, via our Aboriginal health team.