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2022 RACGP Curriculum and syllabus for general practice

    1. 2022 RACGP Curriculum and syllabus for general practice

Last revised: 01 Dec 2023

2022 RACGP Curriculum and syllabus for general practice

The curriculum and syllabus describe the key competency and learning outcomes of general practice education. It informs the development and delivery of training programs including CPD and guides learners by suggesting learning modalities and educational resources as they work towards Fellowship. It also serves as a guide to assist with remediation and GPs returning to work after absence. For more information visit

There are seven core units, made up of five domains, the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health unit and the Rural Health unit.

There are 35 contextual units which cover, in detail, specific areas of general practice.

They are a useful resource for providers.

Core units
Domain 1 Communication skills and the patient–doctor relationship Domain 2 Applied professional knowledge and skills Domain 3 Population health and the context of general practice
Domain 4 Professional and ethical role Domain 5 Organisational and legal dimensions Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health
Rural health    

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Contextual units
Abuse and violence Addiction medicine Cardiovascular health
Child and youth health Dermatological presentations Disability care
Disaster health Doctors’ health Ear, nose, throat and oral health
Education in general practice Emergency medicine Endocrine and metabolic health
Eye presentations Gastrointestinal health Haematological presentations
Infectious diseases Integrative medicine Justice system health
Kidney and urinary health Men’s health Mental health
Migrant, refugee and asylum seeker health Military and veteran health Musculoskeletal presentations
Neurological presentations Occupational and environmental medicine Older person’s health
Pain management Palliative care Pregnancy and reproductive health
Research in general practice Respiratory health Sexual health and gender diversity
Travel medicine Women’s health  

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Mapping CPD to the 2022 RACGP Curriculum and syllabus for Australian general practice

All CPD activities must be mapped to the 2022 RACGP Curriculum and syllabus for Australian general practice. This process involves:

  • selecting at least one appropriate core unit/s of general practice
  • selecting one or more contextual units where relevant.

The curriculum includes a competency outcomes framework that maps to the core competency outcomes which can be used when developing learning outcomes.

CPD Representative training provides information on how the curriculum is used in developing CPD activities