General practice gives you the freedom to follow your passions, subspecialise and design the career that’s right for you. Here are just some of the directions you may like to explore.
Aboriginal health is part of the training program for all GP registrars. Training posts in Aboriginal primary health care offer unique and challenging opportunities, and allow prevocational doctors to play a hands-on role in improving access, and preventing and managing chronic disease in the Aboriginal community.
If you are interested in getting out of the practice setting and onto the field, and have a particular bent towards musculoskeletal injuries and exercise medicine, sports medicine could be for you. You could be providing care for anyone, from elite athletes through to weekend warriors or the non-exercising person wanting to improve their exercise level or deal with an injury.
Training as a GP registrar in the Australian Defence Force offers opportunities and challenges. There is a focus on emergency medicine and similar skills to rural general practice, including self-sufficiency in remote locations.
Teaching and research can expand your career path in general practice. Research enables you to develop valuable skills to take into your clinical work and could act as a stepping-stone towards an academic career. There is widespread agreement that research in general practice is essential for the improvement of patient health care outcomes.
Rural general practice
Doctors undertaking general practice training usually spent some time working in rural areas. Many find the challenging variety of work as a rural GP to be particularly inspiring, and stay on in their communities. As a rural GP registrar, there is a diverse range of presentations to challenge you and opportunities to broaden your clinical skills.
The part-time training options and parental leave available to GP registrars make general practice training flexible and family-friendly. The flexibility of general practice when it comes to working hours is one of the reasons many people choose it as their career path.
Flexible working hours are ideal for those with children, and can also give registrars the freedom to take up opportunities such as becoming a Registrar Liaison Officer (RLO), or taking on an academic post.
If you enjoy traveling and are keen to gain clinical experience in another country, both the RACGP and ACRRM offer exciting opportunities to complete part of your general practice training overseas. International terms have involved many locations, including the United Kingdom, Ireland, USA, China, Malaysia and the Middle East.
It can take a lot of forward planning to organise an appropriate post, so discuss your interest in overseas training with your RTP early on in your training.