WAGPET Welcomes Board Chair

"It is really about ensuring registrar training delivers opportunities to learn new skills so the next generation can work where they are needed most." Dr Damien Zilm

WAGPET welcomes Dr Damien Zilm as Chair of the WAGPET Board. Having previously held the position from 2010 to 2015, Damien brings a wealth of experience to the role. Working across many levels of the health sector in WA, Damien is involved with the Primary Health Networks and is also an active GP supervisor for registrars at both WAGPET and RVTS. With a long history of practising as a country GP in the Goldfields and Wheatbelt areas, Damien is acutely aware of the opportunities and issues for general practice across the state.

As WAGPET Chair, Damien is committed to ensuring the next generation of GPs continue to have quality, diverse training opportunities. "General practice is a very fulfilling career” Dr Zilm said. “It is challenging and diverse. GPs will play an increasing role within our health care system and it is there that real opportunities can be made to maximise our health care dollar. It is really about ensuring registrar training delivers opportunities to learn new skills so the next generation can work where they are needed most."

"WAGPET has a very experienced Board in place that supports our excellent CEO, and I am looking forward to again chairing this team as the work we do is so vitally important to our communities,” he said.

Adapting to change is something Damien anticipates will shape the future focus for the WAGPET Board.

"The GP training sector has been through significant change recently. The government is expecting us to do more with less, but fortunately as an efficient whole of state provider, WAGPET continues to deliver the AGPT program uninterrupted and without the disruption that has occurred elsewhere in the country," said Dr Zilm.

"WAGPET is always striving to make improvements that lead to better training outcomes, whether through the better use of technology or refining processes at the operational level, through to continued engagement within the health sector state and national levels, this makes a significant difference to the training that is delivered,” he said.