The everyday practice 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 is administering the program for 23 registrars in 2017 and will administer the program for up to 20 registrars in 2018.
2017 Academic Registrars
Dr Daniel Aronov, 2017 Academic Registrar achieved Best Poster Award at the 2017 Primary Health Care Research Conference
Dr Lalana Kapuwatte achieved the People’s Choice Poster Award at the 2017 Primary Health Care Research Conference
A list of projects currently being undertaken by the 2017 Academic Registrars can be accessed here:
2018 Academic Posts
RACGP awarded 19 academic posts to general practice registrars to undertake research and teaching during 2018. A list of successful applicants and their research projects can be accessed here:
Expression of Interest and Applications for 2019
Information regarding EOIs (/applications) for 2019 Academic Posts will be posted in 2018.
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. The role description is available in the RACGP Academic Posts EOI and application guide.
The Australian Indigenous Doctors Association (AIDA) Academic Post
The Australian Indigenous Doctors' Association (AIDA) Academic Post is currently under review.
The RACGP Academic Posts EOI and applications guide 2018 is now available.
The RACGP Academic Post Guide 2017 provides comprehensive information for current and prospective academic registrars and their training providers.
The RACGP Academic Post Guide 2018 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 firstname.lastname@example.org