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Academic Posts

Academic Posts

The everyday practise of GPs is based on evidence. GPs and registrars need to be able to filter, critically appraise, interpret and apply the information available to them. The Australian General Practice Training program (AGPT) seeks to ensure registrars have the opportunity to build their skills in the areas of research and critical thinking through 12-month academic post training terms.

An academic post is an AGPT training term in which registrars learn academic skills through individualised learning plans with mentoring and support from training providers, universities and the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners.

The post aims to provide exposure to research and the academic environment and encourages registrars to incorporate academic work into their careers.

In late 2016, the Department of Health devolved administration of the academic posts program to the Colleges. The RACGP will administrate the program for 24 registrars in 2017.

Expression of Interest

Expressions of Interest for the Academic Post 2017 are now closed.


Applications for the 2017 Academic Post are now closed.

Australian Family Physician (AFP) Post

The Australian Family Physician (AFP) is the official journal of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP). It is a highly regarded peer-reviewed journal publishing original articles and reviews dedicated to meeting the ongoing educational requirements of general practitioners. The AFP Post incorporates a standard Academic Post with additional editing work. This Post is a unique opportunity for a registrar to obtain medical editing experience during their academic training.

Applications for the 2017 AFP Academic Post are now closed.

The Australian Indigenous Doctors Association (AIDA) Academic Post

The Australian Indigenous Doctors’ Association (AIDA) Academic Post is an identified training term completed full-time over a 12-month period.

It is the first Post of its kind, providing a unique professional development opportunity for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander registrars to develop their skills in the areas of primary care, policy development and academia. The AIDA post ensures that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander doctors have the opportunity to contribute to policy research relating to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

Application for the 2017 AIDA Academic Post are now closed.

Further information

The Academic Registrar Guide provides comprehensive information for current and prospective academic registrars and their training providers.

For further enquiries about academic training terms, please contact the GP Education Research Team at RACGP via email at:

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