Valley to Coast provides the opportunity to train for the full spectrum of general practice from inner city practice to rural and remote practice. We are able to offer specific training for rural general practice in conjunction with the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine in order to obtain the Fellowship of ACRRM (FACRRM) and in conjunction with the Rural Faculty of the RACGP in order to obtain the Fellowship of Advanced Rural General Practice (FARGP), previously known as the Graduate Diploma in Rural General Practice (GradDipRural). See training for Rural General Practice.
Valley to Coast also provides specific training posts for major procedural disciplines in the areas of Anaesthetics, Obstetrics, Emergency Medicine and also Mental Health. This is funded by NSW Health to provide fully funded supernumerary training posts for GPs and GP registrars in regional hospitals. Posts are available for both full-time and part-time training, and are designed both for the initial acquisition of skills and for upskilling by means of short flexible attachments. See Procedural Training Program.
The training opportunities in this region are comprehensive. Hospital experience ranges from tertiary hospitals through district and base hospitals to small country hospitals. There is a wide range of RMO terms plus ample opportunity to do extended skills in a variety of disciplines. This includes Academic Posts if you are interested in research and teaching. Please contact us for further information. Please note that there are also specialist training programs in the region if that is your partner's career choice.
General Practice terms in this region cover a broader range of experiences than in capital city locations. There are urban teaching practices in both the Newcastle region and the Central Coast, plus a wide variety of rural teaching practices, some of which offer the chance to manage your patients in local GP-run hospitals. There are regular training workshops held in Newcastle which offer the opportunity to meet with other registrars and learn from local specialists, GPs, University and Area Health staff. We also run a very popular GP Club.
We have an annual intake of forty six registrars.
Training with General Practice Training - Valley to Coast can provide you with the skills you need to practice anywhere in Australia. This region is also a great place to settle and there are plenty of job opportunities.
The region has teaching hospitals (with specialty training available also), regional hospitals plus smaller country hospitals.
RMO terms are available with the Hunter New England Area Health Service (rotations to John Hunter, Calvary Mater Newcastle , Belmont District, Maitland, James Fletcher Psychiatric and Tamworth Base Hospitals) and the Northern Sydney Central Coast Area Health Service (rotations to Gosford, Wyong and Manning District Hospitals).
See Hospital Terms
Extended Skills Post
There are a large number and variety of potential posts including: dermatology, psychiatry, community psychiatry, O&G, paediatrics, palliative care, sexual health, anaesthetics, geriatrics, drugs and alcohol, Aboriginal health, Academic posts plus others.
See practices offering Extended Skills in other disciplines
GP Terms available in the region
There are a variety of practices that are accredited for GP Term 1, 2 and 3 on the Central Coast and the Newcastle area. Rural towns with accredited teaching practices for GP Term 1, 2 and 3 include Scone, Muswellbrook and Singleton (Hunter Valley); Cessnock, Dora Creek and Bonnells Bay; Gloucester, Taree, Wingham and Forster (Manning Region); Nelson Bay and Shoal Bay (Port Stephens area). For Extended Skills in General Practice terms the available locations are potentially greater.
See Practices offering GP Terms 1, 2 and 3
Extended Skills in General Practice
There are a large number of practices that can take registrars at this level of training, in addition to those practices accredited for GP Terms 1, 2 & 3.
See Practices offering Extended Skills in GP - Potential Posts
Aboriginal Medical Services
Posts are available at Awabakal (Newcastle), Biripi (Taree) and Tobwabba (Forster). These are available for GP term 3, Extended Skills and ARSP posts.
General Practice Training – Valley to Coast provides the opportunity to undertake specific training for Rural General Practice. This is available in three ways: