Over 200 GPs trained in the Peel region

Over the pst 15 years the Peel region has been host, teacher and friend to over 200 GP registrars

25 July 2018

Doctors and other health professionals - an event is being held in Mandurah on August 2, to acknowledge and celebrate the profession of general practice and the enormous contribution the Peel region has made to developing Western Australia’s next generation of GPs.

For the past 15 years, the medical practices and hospitals in and around Mandurah and Pinjarra have been host, mentor and friend to over 200 junior doctors who have chosen a career as a GP. 

Like every other medical speciality, general practice takes an extended period of specialised training.  Western Australian General Practice Education and Training (WAGPET) is the sole provider of the Federal Government funded Australian General Practice Training program (AGPT) in WA. 

The program offers GP registrars (doctors in GP training) valuable, practical experience in different training locations, including teaching hospitals and rural and urban medical practices.

WAGPET Chief Executive Officer, Adjunct Professor Janice Bell said it was the community that made GP vocational training possible.  “The community supports the training of GPs in their local practices and we deliver back to the community highly competent, qualified GPs to take care of their health into the future,” Adj Prof Bell said. The Peel region holds great significance to Adj Prof Bell, as it was the region in which her GP journey started.

With 48 registrars currently working across the region, Peel continues to support outstanding doctors. Including, WAGPET registrar and Mandurah GP, Dr Alison Soerensen, who was recently awarded the Dr Camille Michener Legacy Award by the Australian Medical Association, WA. This is Western Australia’s top junior doctor award.  Dr Soerensen lives in Greenfields with her young family and works at the Murray Medical Centre.

80% of Australians have a regular GP.  Preparing and growing the next generation of GPs in rural areas of WA is important work worth celebrating.

About GP education and training in WA

Western Australia General Practice Education and Training (WAGPET) is the sole provider of the federally funded Australian General Practice Training program (AGPT) in our state.  The program takes doctors seeking to specialise as general practitioners through to fellowship – the highest recognition for a GP.

WAGPET delivers training and education to registrars (doctors in GP training) through a structured program supported by a highly skilled network of medical educators and supervisors.  Each registrar is placed in accredited medical practices in WA’s regional towns and metropolitan locations.

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