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General Practice Training

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Overview

General Practice (GP) Training is an essential component of Rural Generalist training and can be done through either college via any of the accredited training programs. 


The Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine and the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners set and maintain the curriculum and standard of the training that will lead you to Fellowship as a GP Rural Generalist. Each of the colleges has their own curriculum which varies slightly so it's important that you review and compare. It is also possible to obtain a Fellowship of both colleges by completing all the requirements of both. 

 

The ACRRM's most recent curriculum meets the requirements of what will become the Rural Generalist specialty in Australia when it is recognised by the Australian Medical Council. The RACGP are currently finalising their curriculum however the current Fellowship of RACGP in combination with the Fellowship of Advanced Rural General Practice (FARGP) training provides trainees with the opportunity to complete RG Advanced Training and become a Rural Generalist.  

ACRRM Requirements

Please note the requirements outlined here do not include all education, assessment and exam requirements. More details can be found here

Stage of Training Requirements 
Any time during training 

Paediatrics:

10 week FTE paediatrics rotation in hospital or  

50 consults in GP or  

6 months FTE in Emergency Department with 25% paediatrics cases  


Obstetrics and Gynaecology: 

25 antenatal cases plus,

25 post-natal cases and,

Completion of procedural skills log book incl. management of normal delivery  


Anaesthetics (not required if doing Anaesthetics 

RG Advanced training):

10 week anaesthetics rotation or  

Combination of placements providing anaesthetics skills or  

Min 10 anaesthetics sessions under supervision of 

GP anaesthetist or specialist anaesthetist plus advanced airways skills workshop

Rural Generalist Advanced12mths FTE of training in RG Advanced skill. Requirements vary for each skill.
GP Training

Core Generalist Training  

12 mths FTE living and working in MMM4-7 

Min 6mths FTE primary care  

Min 3mths FTE secondary RG care

RACGP with FARGP Requirements

Please note the requirements outlined here do not include all education, assessment and exam requirements.. More details can be found here

Stage of TrainingRequirements
Rural Generalist 2

Paediatrics:

10 week FTE paediatrics rotation in hospital or  

50 consults in GP or  

6 months FTE in Emergency Department with 25% paediatrics cases  


3 Rotations relevant to GP practice eg: 

Anaesthetics

Emergency

Obstetrics and Gynaecology

Adult Gen Med

Palliative care

Aged care

Rural Generalist Advanced12mths FTE of training in RG Advanced skill. Requirements vary for each skill.
GP Training

GP Training  

3 x 6 mth GP placements (min 12mth MMM3-7)

Special Skills 

6 mth special skills

Accredited Programs

Australian General Practice Training (AGPT) Program 

The AGPT program funds the majority of General Practice training in Australia. The funding provided covers training and supervision, education and case management of trainees. AGPT currently contracts Regional Training Organisations to deliver and manage training on the ground. AGPT have several streams each with their own set of policies and guidelines that the RTOs must follow. For more information on the policies go here. For more information on the RTOs in Victoria go here

The Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM)

The ACRRM provides options for training outside of the Australian General Practice Training (AGPT) program with their Independent Pathway (IP). The ACRRM IP is a self-funded training program which allows trainees more flexibility and up to 10 years to complete training while being supported directly by ACRRM. IP trainees have access to online and face-to-face education as well as supervision and case management. 

ACRRM have also been funded to develop a new National Rural Generalist Pathway with 100 places across Australia. Details about this program are still being finalised and will be updated here when available. 

Rural Vocational Training Scheme 

The Rural Vocational Training Scheme (RVTS) is a Commonwealth funded GP training program for medical practitioners working in remote communities and/or Aboriginal health services. Training provided meets the requirements of both ACRRM and RACGP. RVTS has two streams 

  • The Remote Stream for doctors working in rural & remote Australia
  • The AMS Stream, providing training for doctors working in Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services

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