2018 AGPT Applications with the RACGP

The Australian General Practice Training (AGPT) Program is the leading program for medical graduates wishing to pursue a career as a general practitioner (GP). The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) is widely recognised as a leader in the provision of general practice education and training and has supported more than 23,000 GPs achieve Fellowship since 1958. 

Applications for the 2018 AGPT Program are now closed. We would like to thank those of you who submitted applications and undertook the Candidate Assessment Applied Knowledge Test (CAAKT). 

Next steps: 
The RACGP will be in touch via email regarding your next steps.
Candidates meeting the minimum score in the CAAKT may be invited to attend an interview with one of their preferred Regional Training Organisations (RTO).

Top 5 FAQs

Additional placement rounds may be offered on an as needs basis. Having more than one training preference gives you the best chance of securing a placement in the AGPT Program.

 

Each candidate is able to list four preferred placements. Based on performance in the CAAKT, candidates are allocated to one of their preferred placement options for interview. The higher the CAAKT score, the more likely candidates are able to attend an interview at their first preferred placement option.

The RACGP will be in touch via email regarding an interview with one of your preferred RTOs.

Interviews with the RTOs will occur between 12-27 August 2017

As a FRACGP GP, like other fellowed Australian GPs, general practice earnings can be determined based on a number of factors, including, but not limited to hours worked, complexity, Medicare item numbers, number of patient presentations and billing practices.

When working in a general practice setting fellowed GPs earnings are supported through access to A1 Medicare rebates.

To find out more about what you can expect to earn in different practice settings visit gpra - gp-earnings-calculator to access GPRA’s earnings calculator. The calculator is based on the earnings of a fellowed GP. Importantly, there is no difference in MBS patient rebates based on what general practice fellowship has been obtained.

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AGPT – 5 key reasons to apply with the RACGP

Support

Support

The RACGP supports 9/10 Australian GPs, including 5600 registrars working towards RACGP Fellowship.

Rural

Rural

With more than 16,600 rural members, RACGP rural registrars benefit from an established, well-supported program that meets their specific needs.

Flexibility

Flexibility

RACGP registrars have flexibility with the option to complete their training over a two to three year period (subject to RPL). They have the option to undertake a further year in advanced rural skills and receive the additional qualification – Fellowship in Advanced Rural General Practice (FARGP).

Advocacy

Advocacy

With more than 35,000 members, the RACGP has a powerful voice to advocate for registrar members at the highest levels of government.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander workforce

The RACGP provides dedicated support for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander registrars working towards RACGP Fellowship.

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2018 AGPT selection flowchart

Stage 1

Step 1

AGPT application

Applications open 10 April 2017
Applications close 8 May 2017

Submit online to The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP), including supporting documentation, referee details and up to four training region preferences.

Step 2

Eligibility

June 2017

The Department of Health (DoH) will review applications
and determine eligibility for Australian General Practice Training (AGPT) Program.

Step 3

Notification of application and eligibility

30 June 2017

DoH will notify candidates by email of the outcome of their submission.

Step 4

Selection fee due

July 2017

Fee due for RACGP selection assessment into AGPT Program.

Stage 2

Step 5

National assessment

22 July 2017

A 2.5 hour Candidate Assessment Applied Knowledge Test (CAAKT). Candidate’s score will determine ranking. Candidates must obtain a minimum score to proceed further.

Stage 3

Step 6

RTO interview

12-27 August 2017

Successful candidates will be invited to attend an interview at one of their preferred Regional training organisations (RTOs).

Stage 4

Step 7

RTO placement decisions

29–30 August 2017

RTO will decide which candidates will be offered training placements and will notify the RACGP.

Step 8

First round offers

31 August – 7 September 2017

The RTO (in conjunction with the RACGP) will make a written offer to successful candidates.

Step 9

Candidate acceptance

September 2017

Candidate has 7 days from receipt of offer to accept in writing to the RTO.

Stage 5

Step 10

Membership

Complete RACGP membership requirements and enjoy a great range of member only benefits.

Stage 6

Step 11

Training

Commence three year GP training in the 2018 AGPT Program with selected RTO. Undertake the Vocational Training Pathway of the RACGP.

Step 12 (optional)

FARGP

The Fellowship in Advanced Rural General Practice (FARGP) comprises an additional 12 months of advanced rural skills training, providing registrars the opportunity to enhance their skills and give their rural community an advantage.

Step 13

RACGP Fellowship exams

Following the successful completion of exam eligibility requirements, apply to sit the RACGP Fellowship exams.

Stage 7

Step 14

Fellowship

The combination of RTO approved completion of the AGPT Program and passing of the FRACGP exams provides access to Fellowship. Once Fellowship is conferred an application for recognition as a specialist general practitioner can be made.

Selection into the AGPT Program - FAQs

The Australian General Practice Training (AGPT) Program is an Australian government initiative which provides training for doctors to obtain general practice Fellowship and gain specialist registration.

The AGPT Program is three to four years of full-time training offered in urban, regional and rural locations nationally. It comprises hospital training, general practice placements and extended skills training.

See stages one to four of the AGPT selection flowchart, available at:RACGP 2018 AGPT selection

As a FRACGP GP, like other fellowed Australian GPs, general practice earnings can be determined based on a number of factors, including, but not limited to hours worked, complexity, Medicare item numbers, number of patient presentations and billing practices.

When working in a general practice setting fellowed GPs earnings are supported through access to A1 Medicare rebates.

To find out more about what you can expect to earn in different practice settings visit gpra - gp-earnings-calculator to access GPRA’s earnings calculator. The calculator is based on the earnings of a fellowed GP. Importantly, there is no difference in MBS patient rebates based on what general practice fellowship has been obtained.

There are two main phases in the RACGP selection process. The first is undertaking the National Assessment which consists of the Candidate Assessment Applied Knowledge Test (CAAKT) and the second is attending an interview at a preferred Regional Training Organisation (RTO). Please refer to the AGPT selection flowchart, available at: www.racgp.org.au/racgp-2018-agpt-selection

Each candidate is able to list four preferred placements. Based on performance in the CAAKT, candidates are allocated to one of their preferred placement options for interview. The higher the CAAKT score, the more likely candidates are able to attend an interview at their first preferred placement option.

Candidates attend an interview at their allocated RTO. Candidates can select up to 4 preferred RTOs. The interview process considers your responses to between five and eight questions. Based on your performance at interview you may be offered a placement at the RTO.

Once you have been accepted into the AGPT Program you can work with your RTO to apply for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). RPL is assessed in accord with the RACGP’s RPL policy.

If granted, RPL may reduce your training time.

Registrars on the AGPT Program remain in their training region for the duration of training. Applicants should not nominate a training region they are not willing to train in for the entire AGPT Program and if necessary, relocate to. While it is possible to transfer once training has begun, this needs to be approved by both RTOs involved. Transfers from rural to general pathways must be supported by evidence of exceptional circumstances that justify a pathway change, and be approved by the DoH.

Transfers between training regions and pathways are restricted and never guaranteed. For more information, please refer to AGPT Policies

Additional placement rounds may be offered on an as needs basis. Having more than one training preference gives you the best chance of securing a placement in the AGPT Program.

The only cost for the AGPT Program is the selection fee of $725.00. The Australian government funds all training and education costs. AGPT Program participants also receive a guaranteed salary while in training in accord with the National Terms and Conditions for the Employment of Registrars (NTCER) available at: https://gpra.org.au/national-terms-and-conditions-for-the-employment-of-registrars/. The only other costs are to sit your exams and membership fees.

The FRACGP is the same program for both the general and rural pathways, however, the context that the registrar is in significantly influences how those skills are utilised. Additionally, in the rural pathway the opportunity is available to develop further relevant rural skills by undertaking the FARGP. The AGPT has requirements as to where registrars may work according to pathway choice, general pathway registrars may work in any general practice location whereas rural pathway registrars are required to work in rural and remote general practice placements.

The FARGP is a specialist twelve-month program for registrars wishing to specialise in rural general practice. It is recommended that the FARGP is undertaken during general practice training to enable you to get the most out of your experience and fulfil the majority of FARGP requirements before heading into the FRACGP exams. FARGP can also be undertaken post-Fellowship.

The 10-year moratorium applies for a period of ten years from the date of your first registration, including provisional or limited registration. If you’re subject to the moratorium, you will be required to go on the rural pathway. You can find further information on this in the 2018 AGPT Handbook or on AGPT website.

Further information will be available at www.racgp.org.au soon.

For RACGP selection enquiries please email racgpeducation@racgp.org.au or call 1800 472 247.


 

Rural

Your rural general practice career starts with the RACGP

The RACGP is the largest representative body for Australian rural GPs and has a long history in providing advocacy and support for rural and remote communities. RACGP Rural, the RACGP’s dedicated rural faculty, represents more 16,600 members, including over 7700 GPs practising in rural areas.

For registrars looking to go rural undertaking Fellowship of the RACGP (FRACGP) over just 3 years signifies you are competent to deliver safe, specialised, and high-quality general practice care in Australia’s rural, remote and very remote communities and metropolitan areas.

For GPs wishing to develop advanced rural skills and give their rural community an advantage, the RACGP offers the Fellowship in Advanced Rural General Practice (FARGP).

Visit the RACGP website to find out more about RACGP Rural and the FARGP.

RACGP registrar profiles

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Dr Chesna Heydenrych, AGPT Registrar

RTO: Western Australian General Practice Education and Training Limited

I chose AGPT with RACGP because …

‘I chose AGPT with RACGP because I knew I would get a well-structured learning environment. The curriculum is well defined, with many good resources to help me settle into general practice and eventually get through my exam. I also knew RACGP would give me the flexibility to work rurally and develop special interests. It is a curriculum that my supervisors were familiar with so they could feel confident in supporting me through the process.’

I chose general practice because …

‘I chose general practice because I wanted to able to directly interact with a wide variety of patients on a personal level every day. General practice allowed me to independently help people with their problems, whether simple or complex, exploring almost every area of medicine, and to see the effect of my intervention. General practice also gave me the flexibility to explore other interests, personally and professionally.’

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Dr Amanda Lim, AGPT Registrar

RTO: Western Australian General Practice Education and Training Limited

I chose AGPT with RACGP because …

‘Because RACGP offers a structured practical approach with regards to GP training. There are lots of resources available to us GP registrars especially through the education sessions, Check program, Therapeutic Guidelines just to mention a few. I have felt very supported in my training especially under the guidance of Dr Frank Jones, who has been such an inspiration to work with!’

I chose general practice because …

‘I find unpredictability of the job fun. I remember in the first few weeks of my training I had a new patient with one-week history of chest pain. We did an ECG which showed NSTEMI, sent him through ED via ambulance and he was home within 36 hours with cardiac stents and 6 new medications! The range of issues we see and manage are so diverse and challenging. I also enjoy being able to provide continuity of care to patients. It allows us to understand our patients better and walk their journeys with them.’

 
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Dr Jeanette Wimbus, AGPT Registrar

RTO: Generalist Medical Training, North-Western Queensland

I chose AGPT with RACGP because …

‘I heard great things about it and the great curriculum. The RACGP has such great support, resources, reputation and an overall a great training program. The examinations and curriculum were also in a familiar setting and complementary to what I have done through medical school.’

I chose general practice because …

‘Of my love for people. General practice allows me to care for my patients holistically. I believe that unlike many other areas of medicine, general practice is a shared journey with patients; I love people, I love their stories, backgrounds, cultures and journeys. With general practice, I am able to learn about my patients, and share in their pain, joy, achievements and milestones of their lives. There is something truly joyful and rewarding about caring for a person's health on a holistic level.’

‘It is hard to say what I have enjoyed the most about registrar training as it has been so great. I would have to say definitely working with Associate Professor Dr Bradley Murphy. He is an amazing Aboriginal doctor and mentor. As an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander doctor, this has been such a rewarding and blessed experience. My other joy would be caring for my community and my mob.’

 
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Dr Scott Allison, AGPT Registrar

RTO: General Practice Training Queensland, South-Eastern Queensland

I chose AGPT with RACGP because …

‘It is a well-established specialist qualification that is recognised both nationally and overseas. The flexibility in the training program also appealed to me in that it encouraged practising in multiple areas, both rural and metropolitan. I also like the support and advocacy it provides for its registrars and Fellows.’

‘The RACGP has provided support all the way through the training program, including access to online resource libraries that I use day to day in my practice. The RACGP also puts on exam preparation workshops that are invaluable in preparing for the written and viva Fellowship exams.’

I chose general practice because …

‘The diversity of patients and medical presentations. You never know what might be coming in the door and consequently get to apply all of the knowledge you learnt in medical school, rather than just a small part of it. You can be managing someone's chronic disease one minute and a toddler with anaphylaxis the next.’

‘There are also many opportunities to develop special skills in areas of general practice that interest you. As well as the intellectual challenge, I have found general practice really rewarding. As a GP, you have the opportunity to develop long-term relationships with patients as you treat them and their families over their lifespan.’

‘Registrar training has been really enjoyable. It has provided a supportive environment where I can manage my own patients and problem solve independently, [and also] easily access advice from more senior GPs. I have especially liked working in a large practice as it is also very social.’

 
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Dr Rebekah Webb, AGPT Registrar

RTO: GPEx, South Australia

I chose AGPT with RACGP because …

‘I’ve always been attracted to general practice as my specialty and RACGP Fellowship offered me the resources, education and social support I needed to achieve this.’

‘The RACGP have supported me throughout my general practice journey from information provided before enrolling into registrar training to educational activities, online resources such as the check program, exam preparation workshops and, of course, the RACGP conferences.’

I chose general practice because …

‘General practice appeals to me as it allows me to provide continuity of care and health promotion to patients from “cradle to grave”. I like that general practice offers me the opportunity to practice ‘good news’ medicine, such as providing preventative care, immunisations and antenatal care.’

‘In my registrar training, I have enjoyed making small, but also very important differences for my patients and their families’ health and wellbeing. I have felt very well supported by my registrar training with Sturt Fleurieu/GPEx, by my medical educator and supervisors.’

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