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Practice Experience Program (PEP)

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About the Practice Experience Program

The RACGP’s Practice Experience Program (PEP) Standard Stream is a self-directed education program designed to support non-vocationally registered (non-VR) doctors on their journey to RACGP Fellowship. The PEP is designed for non-VR GPs working in MMM2 to MMM7 areas and funded under the Australian Government's Stronger Rural Health Strategy. This program is delivered in partnership with the Regional Training Organisations (RTOs) and the Remote Vocational Training Scheme (RVTS).

The PEP is structured in terms. Each term is six months and the program duration can range from one to five terms. The completion of a minimum of five online learning units will be expected per term. Unit activities are largely practice-based. Participants also receive the support of a mentor from their allocated training organisation.

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The rules have changed

The Commonwealth has introduced new rules for non-VR GPs who want to work in Australia.

From January 2022, it will be compulsory for non-VR GPs who don’t have a specialist qualification to complete an approved program to be eligible to sit the RACGP Fellowship exams.


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The structure of the program

Learniong units

Learning units

The learning units provide the main online education support. Participants will be provided with a personalised learning program outlining which learning units on the areas of Australian general practice they need to focus on.

Workplace based assessment

Workplace based assessment

During each term (i.e. six months), the participant will be assessed at the workplace by a medical educator (ME) assessor in order to determine their progress in the program.



- provider number with access to full A1 Medicare rebates
- ME mentoring throughout the program
- expert support from an established training organisation
- Australian Commonwealth government co-funding

How long does it take?

Below you’ll find some examples of typical scenarios facing non-VR GPs trained doctors and how long they can expect to be in the program before sitting the Fellowship exams.

12 months
18 months
2 years