Rural Health West receives funding from WA Country Health Service to administer the GP Obstetrics Mentoring Program under the Medical Practitioner Procedural Mentoring and Training Program, Better Medical Care for Rural WA Initiative.

The GP Obstetrics Mentoring Program is for doctors who have recently completed their Basic or Advanced Diploma of The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists and wish to practise as a GP obstetrician in a rural location in Western Australia. The program provides an excellent opportunity for participants to consolidate their skills with guidance from a supportive mentor. Program participants are assigned a GP obstetrician mentor either via Rural Health West or The Western Australian General Practice Education and Training Limited (WAGPET), if participating in the WAGPET GP Training Program.
The mentor support the graduates to gain experience in a range of obstetrics skills through attendance at deliveries and regular case study meetings. Funding is provided to both the graduate and the mentor to cover associated costs.

The GP Obstetrics Mentoring Program is overseen by the GP Obstetrics Western Australian Advisory Group, comprising representatives from:

• Fiona Stanley Hospital
• Joondalup Health Campus
• King Edward Memorial Hospital
• A rural GP Obstetrician
• Postgraduate Medical Council of Western Australia
• Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists
• Rural Clinical School (WA)
• Rural Health West
• Statewide Obstetrics Support Unit
• WA Country Health Service
• Western Australian General Practice Education and Training Limited

For further information on the GP Obstetric Mentoring Program, please contact the Procedural Programs Coordinator, Suzanne Badham on 63894500 or email suzanne.badham@ruralhw.com.au.

Practices supporting obstetrics registrars

A list of general practices where GP registrars can train and continue their procedural skills will be made available here shortly.