Becoming a rural general practitioner

"The breadth and depth of rural medicine keep it endlessly challenging and interesting — for me, nothing beats rural medicine for professional satisfaction."

- ACRRM Registrar

If you're considering becoming a general practitioner in rural and remote Australia, you should choose a Fellowship with the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine. The paths that take you to Fellowship will help you become truly confident in the knowledge that you have what it takes to succeed in the dynamic context of rural and remote general practice.

We understand that training as a rural generalist is as much a lifestyle choice as it is a medical career. That's why our training pathways and resources fit your life, not the other way around. We offer you:

  • flexible study options
  • access to training providers across Australia
  • ongoing assessment as opposed to a final exam
  • ongoing feedback via virtual classrooms
  • great job opportunities leading to better pay
  • extended skills options in general practice
  • hospital and community based primary care
  • procedural skills training
  • recognition of the broadest selection of prior learning, and
  • access to our unique suite of online learning and professional development resources.

It's all part of our continued effort to take the isolation out of rural and remote practice. See our easy to understand step-by-step guide to becoming a rural generalist and take the first step on your pathway to becoming a Fellow of the College today.

Rural Training Pathways

Are you a medical Student, Intern, or Registrar interested in becoming a rural generalist? Are you a General Practitioner interested in working in a remote community? Or are you an international doctor wanting to live in and experience the real Australian outback?

The Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine offers a variety of training pathways and courses for anyone interested in working in and making a positive difference to rural and remote medicine. Whether you live in the hustle and bustle of one Australia's cities, or half way around the world, the College can help you pave your way to help others in rural and remote Australia.

See below for all locations across Australia for different medical schools and training posts to suit your needs and aspirations.