RACGP profession-led community-based training

A new model for GP training

Transition of the Australian General Practice Training (AGPT) Program to the general practice colleges was announced by the Federal Minister for Health, the Honourable Greg Hunt, in 2017.

As a result of this commitment Australia finds itself at a transformative moment in specialist medical education history.

The RACGP is committed to working with the Australian Government, states and territories to improve planning, coordination and collaboration to ensure GPs and rural generalists are recruited, supported, trained and distributed to meet Australia’s current and emerging primary healthcare needs.

Excellence in general practice training to serve all Australian communities

The RACGP profession-led community-based training (PLT) outlines the operating model the RACGP will establish to manage and deliver the AGPT Program and Remote Vocational Training Scheme (RVTS).

The RACGP PLT education program discussion paper describes how the RACGP PLT education program will be organised and delivered. It builds on the best of the programs currently delivered by the Regional Training Organisations (RTOs) and on evidence-based solutions for health workforce distribution.

The program built is designed to build GP workforce capacity in areas of workforce need and to ensure a quality GP training experience. Training pipelines and a case managed approach are central to the model. These approaches have a proven track record for addressing health workforce maldistribution.

National capability delivered locally

The RACGP “national capability delivered locally” model for GP education and training is based on sound educational principles. Key aspects:

  • Attract and train more GPs across Australia including in regional and rural Australia to improve access to quality primary care
  • Strengthen the promotion of general practice and rural generalist careers to early or emerging medical students and junior doctors 
  • Increase the supply of GPs and equip them with the knowledge and skills to address the needs of Australia’s diverse communities 
  • Increase support for cultural education and training with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities to help close the gap in health outcomes
  • Invest in the training workforce and put in place better training/education support for registrars, supervisors and practices
  • Apply a nationally consistent training and education program that is delivered locally and is contextually relevant and responsive to the community
  • Address workforce shortages and support community needs, by introducing new solutions to training across communities
  • Provide personalised case management and individually tailored support for registrars