The process for choosing, applying for, and being offered placements can be complex. It's in your best interest to understand the process and the different types of placements offered by training posts.
Put simply, the placement process is the process for GP registrars to choose, apply for and work in training posts. There are different players in the process, it can be complicated and at times stressful. So the more you understand about the entire process the better it will be for you.
Where to learn about placements
PlacemeNT is the NTGPE website that shows you all placements available in the NT. It's advisable to track your placements through GP Tracks to make sure you’re applying for placements that meet your training requirements.
How to apply for placements
Placements can only occur during a placement period. While placements are visible on placemeNT website all year round, they can and do change as circumstances in training posts change. Every effort is made so that the placement details do not change during the placement period. One of the most important tools is the placement process key dates document which details all the required steps during placement period.
Exemptions to the training requirements are given in extenuating circumstances. To find out if your circumstances qualify for an exemption, email us.
The placement process can be complicated. There is a lot of support available to you however.
The GP registrar support team is a group of six people, two of them program managers, who understand the placement process in detail. You will undoubtedly have come across most if not all of the GP registrar support team by now. They are best contacted via email
Pastoral care is an important ‘wellbeing’ service provided by NTGPE to all GP registrars throughout the course of their training and provides on-going support, referral and advice relating to personal, workplace and training issues.
Types of placements
- Mainstream placements
A six-month full time equivalent (FTE) mainstream placement in a general practice (recommended).
- Remote placements
A six-month full time equivalent (FTE) remote post, being anything greater than 100kms from Alice Springs or Darwin for a minimum of three nights per week. If a GP registrar does not live permanently in the remote location for six months they are required to spend four days per week and three nights per week in the location.
For noting – there will be a change to NTGPE mandatory requirements from 2019.1 (4 February 2019). The changes are in relation to the 6 month mandatory remote placement. This change will apply to all GP registrars in the program no matter what year they joined, unless they have completed the NTGPE’s current remote requirement by this date.
The GP/PRR* term requirements have been established to maximise the education and training opportunities for registrars in preparation for fellowship exams and to respond to the workforce needs of the Northern Territory. It uses the Modified Monash Model (MMM) geographical classification system which is progressively being introduced to a range of health workforce programs. The requirements have been designed to balance the needs and expectations of the training posts and registrars. It seeks to encourage more registrars to take up positions in more remote regions and will be accompanied with a modified subsidy scheme and additional education support to assist GP registrars working in MMM6 and MMM7 regions:
- At least a 6-month FTE post in a MMM7 region, minimum 3 nights per week and/or
- At least 12-months FTE post (or training posts) in a MMM6 region.
*includes community based ESP/AST/ARST terms but excludes hospital based terms.
The following GP/PRR term requirements will remain as is:
- A 6 month FTE Aboriginal health training post, if town based AMS or FIFO minimum 2 days clinical per week over 6 months (ASH, KDH, GDH & TCH excluded).
- A 6 month FTE mainstream post is recommended.
- Must be in the Northern Territory for GP/PRR terms.
- Under exceptional circumstances may start on leave. Refer to AGPT Leave Policy.
- Aboriginal health training placements
All GP registrars through NTGPE are required to undertake an Aboriginal health training post placement as part of their training. The placement must be at least two days per week for six calendar months; however we encourage GP registrars to undertake placements full time if they can. This can be done at any stage of your training but must be outside of a hospital.
- Extended skills posts
Extended skills posts (ESP) are available to FRACGP GP registrars to help prepare for aspects of practice or to improve their skills and competency in specific areas.
An extended skills post can be undertaken at any stage during a GP registrar's training with the exception of an academic special skills post which can only be undertaken after completion of your GPT1.
Extended skills posts include hospital posts, community posts, general practice posts and academic posts. If you are interested in undertaking an extended skills post please discuss this with your training advisor.
If we do not currently have an accredited post in the area you are interested in we will try to facilitate the accreditation of a suitable post.
Some ESP may be also be suitable for year-long advanced skills posts and PRRT for ACRRM GP registrars.
- Advanced rural skills training / advanced specialised training
ACRRM states that for GP registrars to gain the skills necessary to practice in a rural or remote setting, special rural skills posts need to be completed.
These posts are for one year, in disciplines such as obstetrics, paediatrics, anaesthetics, surgery, emergency medicine and Indigenous health. Details about advanced specialised trainings posts are available on the ACRRM website.
GP registrars training towards FRACGP can do an optional fourth year to gain the Fellowship of Advanced Rural General Practice (FARGP), details on the FARGP can be obtained via the RACGP website.
- Concurrent posts
These are two part time GPT/PRRT posts done at the same time (i.e. two or more independent posts done simultaneously) e.g. 0.5FTE at ‘clinic A’ and 0.5FTE at ‘clinic B’.