Inala Primary Care is at its heart a learning organisation.  All of our team know that staying on top of the constant evolution in healthcare demands that we invest in our own learning.  That is why our clinicians schedule time in their diaries to attend Journal Club where the latest evidence for care is reviewed.  Every eight weeks we hold a Clinical Meeting to discuss our approach to managing selected diseases and refine our protocols.  In addition, we actively attend professional development so that our entire team from reception to our Director of Clinical Services can confidently deliver care.

Having spent so much time accumulating knowledge, we are also keen to share it.  Inala Primary Care hosts medical students from various universities.  These students need to complete a minimum of six weeks in a primary care environment in order to be able to graduate with a Medical Degree.  We hope to be able to encourage the very best of them to consider a career as a GP.  Even where they have aspirations to surgery, we aim to teach them about the role of GPs and how specialists need to leverage that knowledge and ongoing role in caring for patients.  This is one of the many ways we try and reduce the silos which exist between hospitals and primary care.  When a medical student is present in the practice you will be asked if you agree to their participation in your consultation.  It is OK for you to say you would just like to see your own doctor.

We also offer placements to registrars.  Registrars are doctors with medical degrees.  They have completed two years of compulsory rotations in hospital after graduating from university and been successful in exams to qualify for a place to train as a GP.  Their two years with us prepares them for further exams they need to sit before they are eligible for registration with the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners.  During their two years of training, all registrars need to work in at least two different practices.  This broadens their experience and makes them better doctors.  That is why you will see some of our younger doctors rotate every 12 months.

Occasionally, we also take registrars from the military.  These doctors are employed by the Army, Air Force or Navy and will see active service.  However, they also need to spend some of their training seeing patients like you.  If they only saw military personnel, they would spend too much of their training with young, healthy men and not get experience treating children or the elderly.  Defence force registrars usually stay for around three months.  When they are here think about how you are helping our military have access to the best care providers we can develop.

We agree that having doctors leave can be sad.  However, we find that many of our best registrars are keen to return to our practice.  Six of our senior doctors did a trainee placement with us, left to complete their training and then returned.  Our team is enriched by what they saw elsewhere so overall we can continue to innovate and provide better care.