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The Rural Generalist Advanced Year supports eligible Victorian Rural Generalist Program trainees and rural general practitioners to gain advanced skills qualifications to become rural generalist practitioners in rural and regional Victoria.
To qualify for support under the Victorian Rural Generalist Program, all Advanced posts must have relevant accreditation with the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM) or Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP).
Training provided within an RG Advanced post should be based on the relevant College curriculum. All RG Advanced posts are 12-month training posts undertaken in Victorian health services and community settings.
Priority training posts for Victoria include:
Other Advanced Skills accredited training posts will be considered for approval by the department based on demonstrated community need and accreditation.
For additional information on advanced skills training post curricula, please refer to the relevant College website:
To support the objectives of the VRGP, health services that deliver RG Advanced training are responsible for ensuring that trainee learning plans reflect the training requirements of the ACRRM or RACGP and the service needs of the community.
Individual learning plans should be developed in conjunction with the trainees’ training provider and RG Advanced post supervisor. Training plans must be signed off by the relevant RTO for all AGPT registrars. For non-AGPT trainees, training plans are to be developed with the RG Advanced post supervisor, the relevant college and/or the relevant VRGP Clinical Lead.
All candidates must apply for a training post through the annual Rural Generalist Advanced Skills centralised recruitment match. This process is administered by the Postgraduate Medical Council of Victoria PMCV
The proposed schedule of dates for the 2020 transition years are captured in the table below. For up to date information, please go to the Allocations and Placement service website, https://allocations.pmcv.com.au
|Timeline||Applicable to ALL RG registrars:|
Current AGPT registrars, New cohort AGPT registrars, Independent Pathway and GP Fellows.
|May – June||Advertising period via Health Services websites, RTO websites, RG Coordinators Funding approval|
|1 June – 26 June||AGPT candidates to complete Advanced Skill Application or Expression of Interest and supply their CV including referees. Training Advisors will approve based on: |
Suitability against Training Plan
Will meet Hospital experience criteria
Genuine rural intent and COS Training
RTO to provide a letter of approval that the registrar will need to upload.
|29 June||Match opens for Candidates: |
Nomination of health service preferences
Candidates to submit applications to Health Services
Consent required for information to be passed to Health Services & RTO
|29 June||Health Service Applications Opens: |
Health Services HR systems are open to accept applications.
Note: Communication by Regional RG Coordinators/RTOs with the Health Services to have all Health Services open for applications at this time, this currently isn’t the case.
|17 July||Match closes for Candidates: |
Referees to have complete online referee report form
|20 July – 31 July||Assessment period for Health Services: |
Access their Candidates List and completed referee reports
Health Service administrators access the list of all candidates who have nominated that health service on their preference list. *Health Services will already have the candidates CV, or if a portal, access to CV opened. (Note: Candidates’ preference order is not disclosed to health services).
|3 – 21 Aug||Health Service Interviews|
|24 – 28 Aug|
(AGPT outcomes will be known).
|Preference change period and Match closes for Candidates: |
Withdraw from Match, voluntary
Withdraw from Match if unsuccessful with AGPT application
Check Hospital Experience Assessment
Delete/Reorder preferences (existing preferences only)
|31 – 4 Sept||Preference Submission and Match closes for Health Services: |
Submit online list of preferred candidates in rank order
|7 –11 Sept||Match takes place |
APS team run matching algorithm and check results
|4 Sept||Match Results Available Match results are available to candidates and health service administrators via the PMCV Allocation and Placement Service website (login required)|
|Ongoing||RTOs working with Regional RG Coordinators to continue to try to match any unmatched posts and unmatched RG registrars. PMCV matching will not be required as small numbers.|
|February 2021||Commencement date of employment at health services (including orientation period)|