Be a GP
A career in GP is anything but prescriptive.
Embark on a lifelong journey of discovery and education. Work wherever you want. Touch, change and save more lives. Stretch yourself, and your knowledge. Choose the path your career takes, the hours you work and the lifestyle you enjoy. Write your own story. Be a GP.
- A GP specialist
Being a GP specialist, otherwise known as a vocational GP, means rather than specialising in one or two areas, you specialise in them all. This allows you to see a true variety of medicine throughout your career. GPs are often the first port of call, an invaluable service within the community. This means anything can walk through your door and the variety and scope of medicine you will encounter will be equally rewarding and challenging.
As a GP specialist, you will build a strong patient base, allowing you to provide continuing care than spans generations and lifetimes.
- Exploring specialties
Specialities within GP can be explored at any point during your GP training with WAGPET, from your hospital year right through to your Advanced Specialised Training with ACRRM or Advanced Rural Skills Training with RACGP.
Areas of specialities include:
- Aboriginal health
- paediatrics and adolescent health
- psychology and mental health
- small town general practice and Royal Flying Doctor Service
- emergency medicine
- medical administration
- women’s health services, obstetrics and family planning
- occupational health
- palliative care
- drug and alcohol
- sports medicine
- travel medicine.
- Go rural
Training to become a GP in rural WA allows to live and work in some of the most beautiful places in Australia. Training as a rural GP offers:
- great life experience
- opportunities for professional development
- a different experience to working in the city
- great social life
- great support network between GP registrars
- the opportunity to meet the GP shortage across rural WA
- short-term six-month terms
- rural incentives.
- Aboriginal health training
Aboriginal health training (AHT) offers a unique experience of community medicine. Spend your time working with a passionate team to provide holistic, culturally-appropriate, preventative health care and chronic disease management to the local Aboriginal community. WAGPET offers GP registrars many opportunities to spend time during their GP training in an Aboriginal health setting.
AHT provides a wonderful learning opportunity for doctors-in-training, helping you to become a clinically and culturally-competent doctor. Some of the many benefits include:
- hands-on and stimulating experience with a variety of patient presentations
- exposure to chronic disease management and preventative health programs
- unique style of patient consultations with a mixture of booked and walk-in appointments
- comprehensive support and education available including a high level of supervision, additional exam preparation sessions and cultural mentoring
- generous salary, employee benefits and work hours
- building close links to the local community, developing life-long connections
- making a difference to the lives of Aboriginal people.
Make the experience your own. You can choose the location, duration and type of work that best suits your needs and interests. There are a variety of Aboriginal Medical Services (AMSs) across WA, each offering their own unique opportunities and training.
Find out more about Aboriginal Health Training.
- Research and educate
If you are interested in contributing to the growing evidence to support general practice, teaching medical students or becoming involved in the medical school curriculum, undertaking an academic post during your training provides an opportunity to foster your skills in evidence-based medicine, medical education and leadership.
An academic post will see you undertake research and spend one training term acquiring specific academic skills through tailored learning plans with mentoring and support from training providers, universities and the Department of Health.
Research forms the basis for the medicines you will use throughout your career and research in primary care contributes to safer and evidence-based patient outcomes. As an academic GP, you will not only positively affect the lives of your patients but your research has the potential to help thousands of others around the world. Undertaking an academic post as a GP registrar provides an insight into the academic environment and how you can incorporate academic work into your career as a GP.
“I honestly can’t recommend general practice highly enough. Far from being the ‘easy option’ that it is sometimes perceived as, I actually think it is one of the most challenging medical specialities, both in terms of knowledge and in terms of its personal and emotional demands on us as practitioners. Literally ANYTHING could walk through the door thirty times a day, and you have to have some idea of how to proceed. We are true generalists. I feel lucky every day to be in this job.”
Dr Danielle Rebettes, GP registrar