General practice training terms
General practice placements begin when you start the FSP. You must complete four general practice training terms (24 months) as part of your core vocational training requirements. We recognise that some registrars have already been working in general practice before they start their program. If you already have two years (FTE) of comprehensive Australian general practice experience (as determined by a General Practice Experience Assessment), you may be considered for RPLE which will reduce your program requirement to three six-month terms (ie 18 months) assuming your progress in the FSP is satisfactory.
You must be supervised throughout your training until you are awarded Fellowship. Your supervisor will usually be located in your practice, but if a suitable supervisor isn’t available, remote supervision will be put in place. The role of a supervisor is to provide in-practice education (educational supervision) and clinical supervision (oversight of your daily practice). They also conduct workplace-based assessments, including providing reports on your progress.
You can remain in the same general practice placement for the entirety of your program; however, where it’s possible, working in different placements is useful to expose you to a variety of practice communities and management systems. This will prepare you for working across the breadth of Australian general practice. If you remain in the same practice for the entirety of your program you’ll be asked to complete an additional educational activity as per the Pre-approved alternative model – Practice diversity.
You may apply to us if you wish to change practices, or work at an additional practice. Any change to your practice (in either the education or post-education components of the FSP – see Education and training requirements) needs to comply with the General practice fellowship program placement guidelines. Your practice location is reviewed during assessment of your eligibility; you can request a change using the Change of Circumstance form available from the FSP portal. Additional reviews of location may occur at other times as required.
Please note that the General practice fellowship program placement guidelines are revised regularly, in addition to revisions to the Commonwealth government’s distribution priority area (DPA) locations and MMM classifications. FSP registrars must remain in an approved placement as per the guidelines for the entirety of their program. A change in training location may be necessary if the DPAs or MMM classifications change.