Academic posts

Build skills in research and critical thinking

The everyday practice of GPs is based on evidence. GPs and registrars need to be able to filter, critically appraise, interpret and apply the information available to them. The Australian General Practice Training program (AGPT) seeks to ensure registrars have the opportunity to build their skills in the areas of research, teaching and critical thinking through 12-month academic post training terms.

An academic post is an AGPT training term in which registrars learn academic skills through individualised learning plans with mentoring and support from training providers, universities and the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners.

The post aims to provide exposure to research and teaching in the academic environment and encourages registrars to incorporate academic work into their careers. Read about the experience of past Academic Registrars profiled in newsGP:

2020 Academic Post program

Applications for the 2020 Academic Post program will open on 1 March 2019 and close on 31 May 2019.

The application guide and other information will be available from December 2018 and accessed from the RACGP Academic Post webpage. Prospective applicants are encouraged to check their eligibility for a post with their Medical Educator and liaise with their proposed University supervisor before commencing an application. Registrars are also encouraged to request support from RACGP staff before and during the application process via email or telephone 03 8699 0374.

2019 Academic Post program

Applications for the 2019 Academic Post program have now closed.

Australian Journal of General Practice (AJGP) post

The Australian Journal of General Practice (AJGP) is the official journal of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP). It is a highly regarded, peer-reviewed journal publishing original articles and reviews dedicated to meeting the ongoing educational requirements of general practitioners. The AJGPP Post incorporates a standard Academic Post with additional editing work. This Post is a unique opportunity for a registrar to obtain medical editing experience during their academic training.

The Australian Indigenous Doctors Association (AIDA) academic post

Information about the application process for the 2020 will be available on this website early January 2019.

2018 Academic Posts

RACGP awarded 18 academic posts to general practice registrars to undertake research and teaching during 2018. A list of successful applicants and their research projects can be accessed here:

2018 Academic Registrar projects (PDF 84 KB)


Further information

The RACGP Academic Post Guide 2018 provides comprehensive information for current and prospective academic registrars and their training providers.

 RACGP Academic Post Guide 2018 (PDF 719 KB)

A list of projects currently being undertaken by the 2017 Academic Registrars can be accessed:

2017 Academic Registrar projects (PDF 351 KB)


GP Education Research Team at RACGP

Related documents

RACGP Academic Post Guide 2018 (PDF 719 KB)