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FSP Registrar Handbook

Training program requirements

Other training opportunities

FSP Registrar Handbook
      1. Other training opportunities

Other training opportunities

Additional rural skills training

If you’re working towards the Rural Generalist Fellowship, you’ll do 52 to 102 weeks of additional rural skills training (ARST) in an accredited training post. We recommend you do this after you’ve completed your general practice placements.

This training is designed to give you an opportunity to develop additional skills and expertise in a particular area (Table 3) and enhance your capability to provide secondary care to your community. You must be enrolled in the Rural Generalist Fellowship to undertake ARST. 

Whilst you may apply for and enrol in the Rural Generalist Fellowship program while being on the FSP, you need to undertake these programs separately (in tandem) I.e one after another. We strongly recommend that you finish your training under the FSP before commencing the Rural Generalist Fellowship program.

You have 52 weeks (FTE) to complete ARST, unless you’re doing a surgery post, in which case you have 104 weeks (FTE).

Table 3. Additional rural skills training topic areas

Procedural disciplines 

Non-procedural disciplines 


Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health 

Emergency medicine 

Adult Internal medicine 


Child health 


Mental health 


Palliative care 

Core emergency medicine training

If you’re training towards the Rural Generalist Fellowship, you must complete six months (FTE) of core emergency medicine training (core EMT). If you’re on the rural stream, we recommend you complete core EMT as your extended skills requirement. This training gives you the skills and confidence to manage emergency situations in rural and remote environments; it can be done any time after your hospital training.

Core EMT generally requires a minimum of six months (FTE) in an accredited emergency medicine facility. You’ll need to demonstrate satisfactory achievement of the core EMT curriculum outcomes.

You may choose to complete core EMT concurrently with your general practice training terms, allowing you to experience the context in which the emergency services are provided.

A requirement for completion of core EMT is that you must complete a minimum of one accredited emergency skills and/or simulation training course within the 24 months before or during the emergency medicine training. Examples of accredited courses can be found in the core EMT curriculum.

You should work closely with your training coordinator and ME to develop the most appropriate training plan for your individual circumstances.