Program benefits

Why choose our General Practice Training Program?

Extended scope of practice

Build a broader set of skills to confidently manage the diverse range of health issues and challenges of rural and remote practice.

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Career choice and flexibility

Develop skills throughout your career to address a community's health needs at a local level. Work in a GP clinic, hospital, retrieval medicine, and more.

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Mobility of qualification

The unique rural and remote practice competencies of Fellowship of ACRRM make it your passport to work around the world.

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Choose your own adventure

Work with the Royal Flying Doctor Services, Médecins Sans Frontières, in hospitals, Aboriginal Health Services, private practice, and retrieval medicine throughout Australia.

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Process overview

What steps are involved in the application?

 
 
 
 

Step 1

Eligibility Application

Intake 3: Applications open
16 - 30 November 2018

Step 2

Written Submission

Intake 3: Written submissions open
16 - 30 November 2018

Step 3

Application Fee

Intake 3: Application fee due
Monday 3 December

Step 4

Multi Mini interviews

Intake 3:
Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 December

Applications open for 2019

Applications for the third intake of the 2019 AGPT Program are now open.

Training places are available in the following training region:

  • Lower Eastern New South Wales
  • North Eastern New South Wales
  • Western New South Wales
  • North Western Queensland
  • Northern Territory
  • South Australia
  • Western Australia

Training deferrals available

Training for this intake officially starts in March 2019, however you are able to defer this start date until July. This will mean that any activities you undertake during employment could be used for Recognition of Prior Learning towards your training.


About the application process

There are five steps to your application.

Check your eligibility

Eligibility for the program is determined by the Department of Health based on the following factors:

  • Citizenship status
  • Primary Medical Qualifications
  • Medical Registration

Check your eligibility by referring to the 2019 AGPT Program Eligibility Guide on the AGPT website www.agpt.com.au.

Nominate your referees

You will require two referee reports for your application. Your referees must have supervised you for four weeks or more in the past three years (2015-2017).

Review the selection criteria

ACRRM candidates are selected on merit. You can view the selection criteria in our Frequently Asked Questions.

Prepare your written submission

As part of your application, you will answer a number of questions that address the selection criteria. You can prepare for your written submission by considering the selection criteria and how your interests and experience relate to each of the criteria.

Participate in a Multi Mini Interview

MMIs are a series of short interviews in which you have two minutes to read a scenario and eight minutes to respond to it. Whilst the details of the MMI questions will not be known to you until the day of session, you can prepare for MMIs by reading the selection criteria and relating your experiences to the key elements of the selection criteria. Questions will be designed to allow you to display your ability to think logically about a topic and communicate your response and ideas effectively.

Multi Mini Interviews will be held on Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 December as the final stage of the selection process. Please ensure you are available on these dates. Applicants will be notified the time and location of the interview by the RTO by Friday 7 December.


Regional Training Organisations

RTOs are available to answer any questions you have about living, working, and training in their region. RTOs deliver the College's education and training program to registrars within a specific geographic region. We recommend you get in touch with your preferred RTO to find out more. You can find a list of all contact details on the AGPT website.

Intake Timelines

Overview of application timelines

Activity Date
Applications open for eligibility and Written Submission Friday 16 November
Applications close Friday 30 November
Application fee due Monday 3 December
Candidates notified of eligibility status by Department of Health Thursday 6 December
Eligible candidates notified of MMI date and time by RTO Friday 7 December
Referee reports due Friday 14 December
MMIs conducted Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 December
Offers made and acceptance of offers due Monday 21 January – Thursday 31 January
ACRRM membership fees due Thursday 28 February

Frequently Asked Questions

Find the answers to all your questions here

Q: What are the eligibility criteria I need to meet to apply for the AGPT Program?

A: Eligibility for the program is determined by the Department of Health based on the following factors:

  • Citizenship status
  • Primary Medical Qualifications
  • Medical Registration.

Q: What are the College's selection criteria for the AGPT application?

A: Candidates are selected on merit. ACRRM accepts graduates based on the following criteria:

  • Demonstrated commitment to a career as a specialist general practitioner working in rural or remote Australia.
  • Demonstrated capacity and motivation to acquire abilities, skills, and knowledge in the ACRRM domains of practice.
  • Demonstrated connection with rural communities.
  • Demonstrated commitment to meeting the needs of rural and remote communities through an extended scope of practice.
  • Possession of the personal characteristics associated with a successful career in rural or remote practice.

Q: Do I have to undertake all training in rural and remote locations?

A: No. Whilst most registrars will spend a significant amount of training in rural areas, the focus is on gaining the skills and knowledge required in rural and remote settings. Some of these skills can be developed in urban and rural facilities. However, having a good understanding of the context of rural medicine is also essential. Therefore, all registrars must spend a minimum of 12 months of their training living and practising in a rural or remote setting.

Q: Can I choose the location for my AGPT training?

A: Upon application, you are required to nominate a minimum of one Regional Training Organisation (RTO) and may also choose to nominate up to four RTO preferences. By nominating a preference, you must be willing to train in that location for the duration of your training. We recommend you contact your preferred RTO for more information about training in their region. Further information on training regions can be found at www.agpt.com.au.

Q: How many training places are available on the AGPT Program?

A: Each region has a number of training places available. The list of training places available in 2019 when training with ACRRM can be found on the AGPT website

Q: How much of my training can I claim with Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) on the AGPT Program?

A: Registrars can potentially claim up to 24 months RPL on the AGPT Program through their RTO. A maximum of 12 months for Primary Rural and Remote training (PRRT) can be awarded, with the remaining 12 months in Core Clinical Training or Advanced Specialised Training. Contact the ACRRM Training team for further information on 1800 223 226 or via AGPT@acrrm.org.au.

Q: What assessments will I be required to undertake to gain Fellowship of ACRRM?

A: The assessment process is designed by experienced rural doctors and leading academics.

Assessments are undertaken progressively throughout the key stages of your training, rather than one big exam at the end.

Assessments include:

  • Multi Choice Question exam (MCQ)
  • Case Based Discussion assessment (CBD)
  • Multi Source Feedback (MSF)
  • Structure Assessment using Multiple Patient Scenarios (StAMPS)
  • Relevant AST assessment (either StAMPS or project depending on AST selected).

Q: I am on a state-based Rural Generalist Program. Do I still need to join a General Practice Training Program?

A: The State and Territory Rural Generalist programs provide supported and facilitated frameworks for rural training, however they are not a formal training program. To become a general practitioner, you will need to gain a training position on a General Practice Training Program that leads to Specialist Registration as a General Practitioner, and Vocational Recognition with Medicare. Gaining a training position with ACRRM through the AGPT program will meet this requirement.

Q: What is the AGPT Rural Generalist Policy 2019?

A: The AGPT Rural Generalist Policy 2019 is a new policy for people training on the Australian General Practice Training Program who wish to become rural GPs. It applies to all registrars selected to train with ACRRM and provides additional flexibility for registrars.

The flexibility available through this policy includes:

  • the easing of restrictions around transfers between training regions
  • additional time available for training, in recognition that a registrar may need to undertake more than one skills training term to best meet community need.

Additional skills training as defined in the AGPT Rural Generalist Policy 2019 means access to a further 52 FTE weeks (in addition to the initial 52 FTE week allowance for the mandatory AST) to allow a registrar to undertake an additional skills training to meet the needs of the community they will work in post-fellowship. This training can be undertaken at any time during training, provided it is documented in your learning plan and supported by the RTO and College. When registrars are unable to complete their AST in the training region they’re enrolled in, they can transfer to another training region.

You can find out more on the AGPT website by scrolling to Rural Generalist Policy 2019.

Program overview

Training with ACRRM on the Australian General Practice Training Program

Training through the AGPT Program towards Fellowship with ACRRM provides you with a broader set of procedural skills and the specialist clinical training that will enable you to confidently manage the diverse range of health issues and challenges of rural and remote practice.

This broader scope of practice gives you choice and diversity throughout your career, as you take on new skills to address health needs at a local level. Our doctors are rewarded for their hard work and dedication by becoming a vital part of their community.

Once you're a Fellow of the College, you are qualified to practise:

  • independently as a specialist general practitioner anywhere in Australia
  • in a team (in a community practice, hospital, emergency, or retrieval service), or
  • as a collaborator (complementing the local region's health service with your specialist skills in anaesthetics, surgery, or obstetrics).

You'll be required to complete four years of training. The core components of training are:

  • 12 months core clinical training including six mandatory rotations in emergency medicine, general medicine, general surgery, paediatrics, obstetrics and gynaecology, and anaesthetics
  • 24 months primary rural and remote training
    • Six months hospital/emergency
    • Six months community primary care
    • 12 months rural and remote practice
  • 12 months advanced specialised training (AST).

You will work and train in ACRRM accredited teaching posts under supervision of experienced rural GPs. You can check which teaching posts are accredited in your preferred training region on the ACRRM website.

Regional training organisations (RTOs), accredited by the College and contracted by the Department of Health, deliver the College's education and training program to registrars within a specific geographic region on the AGPT Program. RTOs provide your training and support, tailored to regional and individual training needs.

Find out more about training regions on the AGPT website.

Contracted by the Australian Government Department of Health

Regional training organisations (RTOs), accredited by the College and contracted by the Department of Health, deliver the College's education and training program to registrars within a specific geographic region on the AGPT Program.

Testimonials

What do our registrars think of the program?

Testimonial

Dr Elise Ly

If you really are interested in rural and remote medicine, being part of the ACRRM family is such an inspiring experience. I think that's a big part of why I'm with ACRRM. I decided to go through ACRRM for my training not only because they focus on rural and remote medicine, but because of the personal experience I received at the College. I was able to go part time, including time off for maternity leave. The flexibility of ACRRM is such a wonderful thing.

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Dr Marjad Page

The biggest thing is to have a dream. Dreams are what make us wake up at 6am in the morning and work. They motivate us to stay up a bit later at night. They push us a little bit more when we didn't think we had any more to give. If I had an issue, the College would help to rectify it. Just like within the Aboriginal culture, there is a good kinship system in the College. My process and training was very easy going and was no different to a good close knit family unit.

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Dr Armi Aganan

ACRRM was very helpful for the level of training I had from the Philippines. They catered to my needs and experience, which is emergency medicine. They focused on rural and remote areas and giving health services to the people in those communities. It's a challenging pathway but it's very doable, you just need to have the motivation and dedication to pass those exams.

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Dr Warwick Young

I enjoyed my time immensely as a remote doctor - working in remote Aboriginal communities in the Northern Territory and South Australia - and now a little more sedately as a GP in Port Macquarie. ACRRM training encourages and facilitates registrars and fellows to offer a complete service for patients, thereby significantly reducing the need for referrals. As we all know, the more rural and remote one's practice is, the more difficult it is to arrange specialist involvement, for both the patient and the doctor.

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