Support, advocacy and advice
Training in rural and remote general practice can be challenging both professionally and personally. Whatever stage of training you're at, and where ever you are based, there are a range of people and resources available to support you both within and outside the College. We encourage you to make use of these resources whenever needed.
Our College staff will be available to provide support and help navigate options and answer your questions at all times - just ask.
During your training you will be supported by the staff and supervisors in your teaching post and:
- On the Independent Pathway, you will be also be supported by our College training officers and medical educators
- On the AGPT, you will also be supported by your Regional Training Organisation , and
- On the RVTS, you will also be supported by the RVTS staff
The Registrar Committee provides ACRRM registrars with direct representation on all College committees including the ACRRM Board and Council . The Committee also represents registrars’ perspectives at national forums.
If you have concerns you would like raised through the Committee – please email: email@example.com or private message via the registrars Facebook group.
If you are interested in nominating for the Registrar Committee please read the Terms of Reference.
Registrars Facebook Group
All ACRRM Registrars are invited to join this group to enable them to engage, network, and keep up with events.
General Practice Registrars Association: This group is funded by the federal government to provide advocacy services for general practice registrars.
Doctors Health Advisory Service: DHAS operates a telephone helpline and are available to provide confidential personal advice to practitioners facing difficulties.
CRANAPlus Bush Crisis Line: This phone counselling service offers support and assistance provided by a trained psychologist available 24hours/7 days a week. The service is available to all remote and rural health workers including registrars and their families that maybe in distress everyday of the year at 1800 805 391
Beyond Blue: Beyond blue provides free, confidential, 24-7 counselling services for people experiencing mental stress or illness at 1300 22 4636.
Zero tolerance of bullying, discrimination, and sexual harassment
The College takes a zero tolerance approach to bullying, discrimination, sexual harassment and any other inappropriate behaviours in training and practice. If you have concerns about these in your training workplace you are encouraged to seek advice and assistance.
More information is available on resolving workplace problems in the Fellowship Handbook.
General information on appropriate behaviours in training is available in the General Practice Supervisor Association resource Bullying and Harassment: Pursuing Zero Tolerance in General Practice.
The College welcomes all feedback be it compliments, comments or complaints.
All complaints received will be managed in accordance with professional standards and the issues raised will contribute to our continued program improvements.
If you would like to register a complaint with the College the ACRRM complaints policy will apply. All training organisations have their own complaints policies.
Mentoring and Leadership Program
The ACRRM Mentoring and Leadership Program is open to all College registrars.
The program provides an opportunity for our more senior members to inspire and nurture their junior colleagues toward becoming exemplary rural doctors. The mentor’s role will be to provide pastoral rather than academic support. Mentees will have the opportunity to regularly discuss their professional issues and career plans with an experienced Fellow of the College. See further program details here.
If you are interested in taking part in the program please contact us.