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Training in the AGPT Program

The Australian General Practice Training (AGPT) Program is an Australian government initiative which provides training for doctors to achieve general practice Fellowship and gain specialist registration. The AGPT Program is three to four years of full-time training offered in metropolitan, rural, remote and very remote locations nationally. It comprises hospital training, general practice placements and extended or additional skills training.

Applications open: 10:00 am AEST Monday 8 August 2022

Applications close: 11:59 pm AEST Tuesday 30 August 2022

You can commence their application for the AGPT Program by registering online, via the RACGP website. You then complete an online application, providing supporting documentation and referee details, as well as nominating training region/pathway preferences.

Once received, the RACGP assesses applications to establish whether the eligibility criteria for the AGPT Program are met. You will receive the outcome of your application by Friday 16 September 2022 Eligible applicants will then be able to proceed to the next stage of the selection process, the Candidate Assessment and Applied Knowledge Test (CAAKT). The RACGP will provide information to you on how to enrol in this.

Recognition of prior learning and experience (RPLE) is available for different components of the AGPT Program, including hospital training and the Extended Skills (ES) term. If you have hospital experience or experience relevant to an ES term, you may be eligible for RPL. This can reduce your training time, with the maximum overall reduction available being 52 weeks.

If you are accepted onto the AGPT Program, your training coordinator can support you in putting together an application for RPLE. Once submitted, your application is reviewed by the relevant Censor, who comes to a decision. Information on the specific requirements for RPL is available in the Recognition of Prior Learning and Experience Policy and Applying for Recognition of Prior Learning guidance document. You can also contact the training organisation in your preferred training region for preliminary advice.

To be eligible for the AGPT Program, you must hold or expect to hold general medical registration by the commencement of training.

Applicants who currently hold provisional or limited registration are able to apply, however, training offers to these applicants are conditional on them receiving general registration before the commencement of training. If general registration is not received, the training place offer is likely to be withdrawn.

The general pathway is for doctors who choose to train primarily in inner and outer metropolitan locations. The opportunities available if you train on the general pathway include:

  • access to specialist training through extended skills terms such as mental health, addiction medicine, paediatrics, and obstetrics; and
  • access to mentors and professional relationships.

AGPT registrars on the general pathway must undertake twelve months of their training in a prescribed location.

Some RTOs may have restrictions on where some general pathway registrars are able to train.

The rural pathway provides the ability to train in a large percentage of Australia reaching from towns on the fringe of capital cities, to regional coastal areas and remote outback locations.

The rural pathway allows you to experience the opportunities of working in rural general practice. For example:

  • access to specialist training such as mental health, addiction medicine, paediatrics, anaesthetics, surgery and obstetrics;
  • opportunity to develop and consolidate an extended scope of practice working more closely with local communities;
  • hospital and community-based primary care;
  • contributing to addressing the health needs of communities with limited access to health care;
  • working alongside retrieval medicine teams;
  • access to mentors and professional relationships which may not be possible in metropolitan areas;
  • increased earning capacity—possible access to financial incentives not available in metropolitan locations; and
  • being immersed into local communities and lifestyle benefits of country living.

Both the general and rural pathways lead to attaining Fellowship of the RACGP (FRACGP). However, the training context differs, significantly. This influences how you use your skills as a GP in training on your journey to Fellowship.

The AGPT Program has requirements for where registrars may work according to their training pathway. General pathway registrars may work in any general practice location, including rural and remote. Rural pathway registrars are required to work in rural and remote general practice placements. Therefore, both pathways provide the opportunity to develop additional relevant rural skills by undertaking the Rural Generalist Fellowship program (FRACGP-RG).

If you are deemed eligible after your application, you are required to pay a selection fee of $725 to participate in the RACGP selection process. The Australian Government funds all training and education costs for the AGPT program. The only other costs are to sit your Fellowship assessments and membership fees.

Alternative payment options are available for candidates experiencing financial hardship.

As a FRACGP general practitioner (GP), general practice earnings can be determined based on a number of factors, including, but not limited to hours worked, complexity, Medicare item numbers, number of patient presentations and billing practices.

When working in a general practice setting, Fellowed GPs earnings are supported through access to A1 Medicare rebates.

To find out more about what you can expect to earn in different practice settings visit GPRA NTCER to access the General Practice Registrars Australia (GPRA) earnings calculator. The calculator is based on the earnings of a Fellowed GP. Importantly, there is no difference in MBS patient rebates based on what general practice fellowship has been obtained

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