FSP Registrar Handbook


Introduction to general practice training

FSP Registrar Handbook
      1. Introduction to general practice training

Introduction to general practice training

Welcome to the Fellowship Support Program (FSP). 

The RACGP has a national approach to training that includes a local training team backed by regional and national teams.

The RACGP FSP is a comprehensive education program grounded in the RACGP educational framework and its three guiding educational instruments:

  • The Curriculum and syllabus for Australian general practice provides the scope of educational content to be learnt throughout the FSP (42 individual units) and details the educational competencies and learning outcomes. It’s an indispensable tool for registrars and their training program team.
  • The Progressive capability profile of the general practitioner is a public statement of the RACGP’s view of the capabilities of an Australian GP from entry to general practice training through to post-Fellowship. By defining the capabilities and competencies required at four milestones of general practice training, it is a benchmark for professional behaviour.
  • Our education policies and standards aim to ensure high-quality, effective education and safe clinical practice in workplace training.

The FSP requires training to be completed in Australian general practices and additional skills training sites (if completing rural generalist training). The RACGP is responsible for setting the standards and accrediting these sites for delivery of training.

Refer to Training progression requirements for more information about the components of training.

Rural Generalist Fellowship

The Rural Generalist Fellowship can be completed concurrently with the Fellowship of the RACGP over four years to develop the additional skills required to meet the diverse health needs of rural or remote communities.

Registrars can opt into the Rural Generalist Fellowship at any point in their FSP training.

You’ll spend at least 52 weeks (FTE) of your general practice training in an MMM 3–7 location, either in one continuous block or in two six-month terms. You’re expected to live in the rural community where you work.

Refer to Training progression requirements for more information about training as a rural generalist.

Training regions

You’ll be allocated to a state-based training region (Figure 2). You can work in the same location for the whole program, or you can apply to us if you wish to change practices at any time. If your application to change practices is approved, you may be allocated to a different training region.