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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 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 training provides trainees with the opportunity to complete RG Advanced Training and become a Rural Generalist.
The Australian General Practice Training Program contracts RTOs to deliver General Practice training in line with the curriculums set by the colleges. RTOs assist the colleges with accreditation of training sites, train and manage supervisors, provide education and support to trainees and manage the placement of trainees into General Practice clinics and ensure that trainees are fulfilling all of the requirements of the curriculum. In January 2022 ACRRM will resume direct management of the AGPT for ACRRM trainees.
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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 PMCV is responsible for accrediting intern training sites and approving PGY2 training sites. Along with running the intern computer match, PMCV has been tasked with developing and implementing matches for multiyear contracts for Rural Generalist 1, 2 and Advanced Training and lateral entry to Advanced Training positions.
In addition to these core business components PMCV has also been given responsibility for implementing the Rural Generalist program.
The Regional Training Hubs is a program funded by the Commonwealth Department of Health. RTHs provide mentoring and guidance to students and doctors-in-training in rural areas, work with health services to improve training environments and develop training pathways to increase the rural medical training opportunities. The RTHs in Victoria are collaborating with health services, RTOs, RWAV and VRGP to provide a mentoring program to all VRGP trainees.
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