Doubling of teaching incentive payment helps medical students
The Practice Incentives Program (PIP) payments for GPs who teach medical students will be doubled, from $50 to $100 per session.
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12 July 2004
Doubling of teaching incentive payment helps medical studentsThe Practice Incentives Program (PIP) payments for GPs who teach medical students will be doubled, from $50 to $100 per session.
The PIP Teaching Incentive, introduced in July 1999, recognises that quality teaching is central to ensuring that the GPs of tomorrow are appropriately trained and have actual experience in quality general practice settings.
Under the incentive, university medical students are able sit in on everyday consultations within a general practice. Around 1,200 general practices at present participate in the initiative, receiving payments for each session they host university medical students.
The doubling of the PIP Teaching Incentive payment will encourage more GPs to become involved in teaching the doctors of the future, and will provide more opportunities for university medical students to gain experience in quality general practice.
"On the job training is a crucial part of developing all the skills needed to be a GP. This increased financial incentive more appropriately reflects the amount of time and effort GPs invest in training medical students," Tony Abbott said.
Each session involves a medical student observing at least three hours of consultations in a trainer GP's surgery. The increased incentive payment will apply from August this year and is expected to cost $3.5 million a year.
For more information call Mr Abbott's office on ph 02 6277 7220.