Advocacy & Support for Trainees in 2019
During the 2019 academic year many trainees approached NAPT with concerns about the Essay-Style examination, including the 36.8% pass rate for the examination. Dr Dorrington (2019 NAPT President) wrote to the College on behalf of NSW Trainees highlighting several issues with the examination (Letter to the Branch Training Committee RE: RANZCP Essay-Style Examination) and the College subsequently issued two statements to trainees through their Newsletter in June and with an update to trainees in July 2019, mentioning the removal of 10% of questions (14 marks) for the Essay-Styled examination in August.
An ongoing issue for NSW Psychiatry Registrars is the lower pay when compared to trainees in other states of Australia, particularly those who choose to commence training in PGY2. In other states trainees are paid as registrars according to their local Award, whereas in NSW they are paid according to their years of employment in NSW Health regardless of their seniority or clinical responsibility. Due to this ongoing issue and the recent media attention NAPT has chosen to write to the NSW Minister for Health on behalf of its members (Dr Dorrington’s Letter to the NSW Minister for Health) and we have made a template for the use of other trainees should they wish to raise this issue with the Minister (Template letter for trainees to the NSW Minister for Health).