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 18 registrars in 2018 and will administer the program for up to 20 registrars in 2019.
Academic Post Program 2019
RACGP administers the Academic Post Program. Academic Posts are undertaken from January/February 2019 to January/February 2020, subject to continued funding.
Expressions of Interest
Expressions of Interest (EOI) for the 2019 Academic Post Program are now closed.
Applications now closed
The application window for the 2019 Academic Post Program is now closed.
EOI and application guide
The RACGP Academic Post Program 2019 EOI and application guide is provided here.
Australian Journal of General Practice (AJGP) Post
The Australian Journal of General Practice (AJGP) 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 AJGPP 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 provided here.
Applicants interested in the Australian Journal of General Practice, Editorial Fellow Post please note:
The Academic Post EOI and application guide advises that the RACGP requires the AJGP Editorial Fellow Post be undertaken one day per week at the AJGP office within the RACGP national office, 100 Wellington Parade, East Melbourne. Equally, the RACGP wishes to make the post available to registrars irrespective of their location in Australia and may be able to assist an applicant who would find difficulty attending the national office weekly.
The AJGP part of the form requests that applicants address the Editorial Fellow role description in a document uploaded to the Smarty Grants application form. Applicants are encouraged to also include information on their individual circumstances, and if necessary an alternative proposal to meet the attendance requirements. This could be some distance work using Skype or fly-in fly-out days. It is possible that RACCP could contribute to the cost of travel.
The Australian Indigenous Doctors Association (AIDA) Academic Post
The Australian Indigenous Doctors' Association (AIDA) Academic Post is currently under review.
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 18 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:
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 email@example.com