New Acting Chair of GPET Announced
Dr Richard Matthews has been appointed the Acting Chaiman of General Practice Training and Education Ltd. Dr Matthew’s appointment is for a three-month period from 1 May 2012.
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3 May 2012
Matthews to the position of Acting Chair of General Practice Training and Education (GPET) Ltd. Dr Matthew’s appointment is for a three month period from May 1, 2012.
GPET manages the Australian General Practice Training program, which provides vocational training for medical practitioners who want to specialise in general practice and the Prevocational General Practice Placements program, which provides learning experiences for prevocational doctors.
“Dr Matthews brings a significant amount of experience to his new position,” Ms Plibersek said.
Dr Matthews was the Deputy Director-General of NSW Health until mid-2011, and was formerly the Chief Executive Officer of Justice Health in NSW. He commenced his career in general practice and developed a special interest in drug and alcohol issues.
He is currently on the boards of the Sydney Children’s Hospital Network and Alzheimer’s NSW and is an Associate Professor at the University of NSW School of Psychiatry.
Ms Plibersek thanked the outgoing Chair, Professor Simon Willcock, for his important contribution to general practice training in Australia since his appointment to the board of GPET in 2005.
“Professor Willcock has overseen a significant expansion in his time as Chair of GPET,” Ms Plibersek said.
The Australian General Practice Training program has expanded from 600 places in 2008 to 1000 in 2012, and will increase to 1200 a year from 2014 onwards. Combined with this, GPET also assumed responsibility of the Prevocational General Practice Training Program which has expanded from 380 places in 2010 to 975 from 2012 onwards.
Ms Plibersek said in the three years to the end of 2012 the Government will have invested $547 million into these programs, and investment in the Australian General Practice Training program will increase by nearly 50% over the next three years.
For more information, please contact Ms Plibersek’s office on 02 6277 7220
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