Career support from GP proceduralists.

The GP Obstetrics Mentoring Program is for doctors who would like to practise obstetrics in a rural location. Mentoring and practical assistance is provided by a highly experienced GP obstetrician to program participants.

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Rural Health West administers the GP Obstetrics Mentoring Program, which provides an excellent opportunity for participants to consolidate their skills with guidance from a supportive mentor.

The program is for doctors who have recently completed their Basic or Advanced Diploma of The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetrics and Gynaecologists.

Program participants are assigned a GP obstetrician mentor either via Rural Health West or Western Australian General Practice Education and Training Limited (WAGPET), if participating in the WAGPET GP Training Program. Rural Health West can also assist with liaison with the local hospital if the placement does not include a hospital post.

The mentors support the graduates to gain experience in a range of obstetrics skills through attendance at deliveries and regular case study meetings.  The GP Obstetrics Mentoring Program is overseen by the GP Obstetrics Western Australian Advisory Group comprising representatives from:

  • Rural Health West;
  • King Edward Memorial Hospital;
  • Statewide Obstetrics Support Unit;
  • Postgraduate Medical Council of Western Australia;
  • WAGPET;
  • WA Country Health Service;
  • Joondalup Health Campus; and
  • Fiona Stanley Hospital.

The GP Obstetrics Mentoring Program placements are for either six or twelve months duration and funding is provided to both the mentee and the mentor to cover associated costs.

For more information please contact the Rural Practice Pathway Coordinator or telephone (08) 6389 4500.

The GP Obstetrics Mentoring Program is funded by the WA Country Health Service. 
The GP Obstetrics Urban Mentoring Program is funded by WAGPET.