QRME is a contracted training provider with the Australian General Practice Training program (AGPT). The AGPT is administered by General Practice Education and Training Limited (GPET) and funded by the Commonwealth Government Department of Health and Ageing. Under the contract, QRME receives funding to deliver the Training Program for Registrars in the program with our organisation.
Educational Program – Overview
The educational program is delivered by QRME at no charge to our Registrars; that is, Registrars are not required to pay fees for their involvement in the program. This includes access to the support of Medical Educators and Administrative Staff during Registrars’ time in the training program. However, as adult learners, Registrars need to take personal responsibility for their own education and professional development and should therefore expect to have some expenses they will need to pay for themselves.
For full details of the financial assistance provided by QRME please contact staff in the Finance section on (07) 4638 7999.
All financial claims must be submitted with the correct iforms found on GPRime.
Training Post Placements
Registrars are employees of their training post during their placements. This includes Hospitals, General Practices and other posts. Hospital employment will usually be in accordance with an Industrial Award. For Basic and Advanced Terms, GP Registrars need to negotiate an employment agreement with their training post (noting the National Minimum Terms and Conditions). Subsequent Term GP Registrar’s guidelines are also available from the AGPT Website. The employment basis for other terms (eg: Advanced Rural Skills Post) will vary depending on the nature and location of the post.
Professional Indemnity Insurance
Registrars are required to hold appropriate individual professional indemnity insurance and are required to confirm their insurance status to the QRME Office at least annually. All professional indemnity insurance costs are the Registrar’s personal responsibility and will not be funded by QRME.
HIC General Practice Registrars Rural Incentive Program (GPRIP)
The new General Practice Rural Incentives Program (GPRIP) will replace the Registrars Rural Incentive Payments Scheme (RRIPS), which applied to GP registrars on the AGPT program, and the Rural Retention Program, which applied to GPs. GPRIP will also include a Relocation Incentive Grant component.
The new incentives program will provide a consistent set of incentive payments that applies on an equivalent basis for GPs and registrars practicing in rural locations. Under RRIPS, GP registrars were eligible for higher grant payments. The level of incentives will now be based on the Australian Standard Geographical Classification – Remoteness Areas (ASGC-RA) classification system. For more information please view the following links:
Please note that QRME is not directly involved in this scheme: payments are a matter between HIC and eligible Registrars.