Advanced Specialised Training Projects

Projects are a substantial piece of original work undertaken as the summative assessment for AST in Academic Practice, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health, Population Health, or Remote Medicine.

Your options for projects depend on the AST curriculum but may include projects such as:

  • development of a practical resource
  • a local disease prevention or health promotion project
  • a research project

You are required to submit a piece of written work of approximately 4000–5000 words in length at an academic standard at Masters Level.

You are strongly encouraged to share your project through:

  • publication in a peer-reviewed journal
  • presentation in the workplace or training organisation as appropriate, or
  • oral presentation or poster at a conference

If you are on the AGPT program, you may apply for an Academic post which provides financial and other support while undertaking research.

Preparing for a project

It is strongly recommended that you complete your project during or following your AST training time.

You must have an Academic Supervisor to provide support and guidance in completing the project. Your local rural clinical school or training organisation may be able to assist in identifying a suitable supervisor.

Most projects require ethics approval. You must seek approval from the appropriate local ethics committee or apply to the Censor in Chief for an exemption. Any exemptions must be sought prior to enrolment of the assessment.

Download the Proposal Form from the link below and prepare this document in conjunction with your Academic Supervisor ensuring you cover all aspects of the requirements for projects prior to enrolment.

Key resources for projects

Key dates for projects

You enrol in the project at the beginning of the AST and complete the project in 12 months. If you require longer than 12 months, you will need to contact the College to apply for an extension through the Special Consideration process.

AST Project - Process flow chart