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    General practice – Become a specialist in life

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    Go rural with the RACGP

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    Apply for the AGPT with RACGP

General practice offers person-centred healthcare based on the foundation of trust between patients and their chosen general practitioner (GP). A career in general practice offers enrichment, reward, financial security, the opportunity for personal and professional development and a truly diverse experience in practising medicine.

The Australian General Practice Training (AGPT) Program is the leading training program for medical graduates wishing to pursue a career as a general practitioner.

For the next intake in 2018, the RACGP – Australia’s largest and longest standing general practice organisation – will be responsible for the selection of 90% of rural and metropolitan candidates seeking to enter the AGPT Program.

The RACGP is widely recognised as a leader in the provision of general practice education and training and has supported more than 35,000 members including 23,000 GPs, to achieve Fellowship since 1958. The RACGP supports GPs in their pursuit of excellence in patient care and community service and provides the foundation for a long-lasting career in general practice.

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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 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

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

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.

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 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 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.’