Broaden your horizons with the AGPT Program

 

Applications for the 2022 intake of the AGPT Program open at 10.00 am (AEDT) on Monday 22 March 2021 and close at 11.59 pm (AEST) on Tuesday 20 April 2021.

Broaden your horizons with the AGPT Program

 

Applications for the 2022 intake of the AGPT Program open at 10.00 am (AEDT) on Monday 22 March 2021 and close at 11.59 pm (AEST) on Tuesday 20 April 2021.

Expand your practice and become a GP

General practice is the perfect career choice for any doctor who enjoys diagnosing and treating a wide range of conditions and building long term relationships with their patients. With GPs at the frontline of primary healthcare during this recent pandemic, there are more opportunities than ever for a rewarding career in general practice – particularly those who choose to train in rural and remote Australia.

The Australian General Practice Training (AGPT) Program trains medical registrars in general practice. Registrars who achieve their fellowship through the program can work as GPs anywhere in Australia.

Applications for the 2022 intake of the AGPT Program open at 10.00 am (AEDT) on Monday 22 March 2021 and close at 11.59 pm (AEST) on Tuesday 20 April 2021.

 

When can I apply?

You can apply for the AGPT Program any time from your intern year onwards.

Applications for the 2022 AGPT intake open at 10.00 am on Monday 22 March (AEDT) and close at 11.59 pm (AEST) on Tuesday 20 April.

Outside of this application period, you are welcome to fill out an expression of interest form to stay in touch with any news and developments around the RACGP’s delivery of the AGPT Program.

What are the important dates?

 

First Intake

10am AEDT Monday 22 March

Applications open

11:59pm AEST Tuesday 20 April

Applications close

Tuesday 25 May

Deadline for eligibility confirmation

Wednesday 2 June

Close of CAAKT enrolments

Tuesday 15 June – Thursday 17 June

First intake CAAKT

Thursday 8 July - Tuesday 13 July

Applicant preference change period

Thursday 15 July

RTOs and applicants advised of interview allocations

Friday 16 July – Friday 23 July

RTOs schedule first intake interviews with applicants

Saturday 24 July – Sunday 8 August

First intake interviews

Monday 9 August – Thursday 19 August

First intake offer management by RTOs

Friday 20 August

First intake offers finalised

Am I even eligible?

Before you start the AGPT application process, it’s worthwhile checking that you satisfy all the eligibility criteria required to be considered for a place on the program.

You can refer to Your guide to AGPT eligibility if you have further questions.

Training place distribution for the 2022 AGPT Program

 

The number of training positions available in each region and on each pathway varies, so it’s important to have a look at the below table carefully and take this into consideration when choosing your preferences.

Training Region

RACGP Rural Pathway

RACGP General Pathway

RACGP Total Places

Eastern Victoria

34

80

114

Western Victoria

103

60

163

Lower Eastern NSW

41

107

148

North Eastern NSW

101

152

253

Western NSW

57

25

82

North Western QLD

78

33

111

South Eastern QLD

54

102

156

Northern Territory

30

0

30

South Australia

37

64

101

Tasmania

32

0

32

Western Australia

50

110

160

TOTAL

617

733

1350

The RACGP is the voice of general practitioners in our growing cities and throughout rural and remote Australia.

Choosing to train with the RACGP on the AGPT Program will give you access to the country’s largest GP community across urban, rural and remote Australia, as well as a lifetime of support and resources

As a registrar with the RACGP, you will join a community of more than 23,000 GPs who have completed their general practice training with the RACGP.

For more than 60 years, we’ve set the standards for general practice, supported the backbone of Australia’s healthcare system, and advocated for better health and wellbeing for all Australians.

Our network of national and state faculties unite our members, allowing you to collaborate with colleagues across the country on shared interests and causes. Six state faculties provide on the ground support for members in their local area, while four national faculties (RACGP Rural, RACGP Specific Interests, RACGP Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health and RACGP GPs in Training) support and give a voice to GPs at various points in their career.

With a national presence and unrivalled network of accredited training practices, RACGP’s GPs in training have more choice when it comes to choosing where to establish their career.

Find out more about the RACGP

What’s covered in the training?

The core skills that form the centrepiece of the curriculum for the AGPT Program collectively define the skills and the unique nature of Australia’s GP. These skills are broken down into five domains across the context of general practice and cover:

  1. Communication and patient-doctor relationship
  2. Applied professional knowledge and skills
  3. Population health and the context of general practice
  4. Professional and ethical role
  5. Organisational and legal dimension

You can learn more about the five domains of general practice and core skills in the Curriculum for Australian General Practice 2016

 

How long is the training?

The length of your training is generally three to four years although it depends on the pathway you choose, and if you have any recognised prior learning (RPL) that can be used towards your training. You also have the option of completing your training part-time, which would increase the time it takes to complete your Fellowship.

Your GP training journey might vary to that of another GP in training, but a typical training plan could look like this:

  • First year: Your first year on the program is spent working and learning in a hospital setting and includes rotations relevant to general practice.
  • Second and third years: This period consists of four six-month general practice terms working in a clinic and seeing patients. The on-site training is complemented by structured study modules that are led by your RTO.
  • Fourth year (optional): If you choose to add a fourth year of training to train towards the Fellowship in Advanced Rural General Practice (FARGP), you’ll complete advanced rural skills training for that entire year. It's important to note that if you do want to complete the FARGP qualification, you’ll need to be training on the rural pathway.

There is a limit on how long you can take to complete your training, but in some cases you can apply for an extension.

Once all your training has been completed, you’ll be eligible to sit the FRACGP exams – the final step you need to pass to attain Fellowship and become a GP.

How are the RTOs involved? 

While RACGP sets the curriculum and assessments for registrars on the AGPT Program, it’s the nine regional training organisations (RTOs) around the country who deliver your training on the ground.

RTOs provide you with the learning resources you need to prepare for your Fellowship exams. They engage highly qualified GPs as medical educators to teach you practical skills and build your theoretical knowledge in line with the curriculum set by the RACGP.

As part of the RACGP selection process, you will be invited to attend an interview with your nominated RTO. See ‘key dates’ above for more information on those timelines.

How is GP training delivered?

GP training is based on an apprenticeship model where you learn from your RTO’s medical educators as well as in supervised clinical roles in a combination of hospital and community settings.

Your RTO will facilitate workshops (virtual or in-person as current health advice allows), provide online learning modules, practice exam materials or mock exams, and one on one support from an appointed training advisor.

Practice allocation

If you are offered an AGPT Program training position, your RTO will work with you to help you find a practice within your training region that suits your training needs. They work with a network of health services, GP clinics and hospitals who will play host to your training posts.

Choosing an RTO

When you apply to the AGPT Program with the RACGP, you nominate an RTO and a training pathway – either the rural or general pathway.

Your RTO choice and pathway will determine which areas you train in on your road to Fellowship.

RTOs operate in their own specific regions across Australia so it is important that you do your homework on which RTOs are within which states, as well as what training posts are on offer so that you may be offered a training position that supports your interests, career goals and future plans.

View the number of training posts available per region and pathway for the 2022 intake.

Contact the RTOs

Adding to your toolkit

General practice encourages you to pursue your special interests and expand your scope of practice. You can further develop clinical or procedural skills in disciplines such as emergency medicine, obstetrics and gynaecology, dermatology or Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health, both during and after your training.

RACGP Specific Interests brings together like-minded members across 31 specific areas of medicine in the context of general practice. You can connect with colleagues from across Australia who share interests in areas such as aged care, military medicine, eHealth and sport and exercise medicine.

Find out more about RACGP Specific Interests

Rural or general pathway?

The Fellowship of the RACGP (FRACGP) is the same program for both the general and rural pathways, however, the context that the registrar is in significantly influences how those skills are utilised. Additionally, in the rural pathway the opportunity exists to develop further relevant rural skills by undertaking the Fellowship in Advanced Rural General Practice (FARGP).

The AGPT Program has requirements in terms of where registrars may work according to their training pathway choice. General pathway registrars may work in any accredited general practice location, whereas rural pathway registrars are required to work in accredited rural and remote general practice placements.

Find out more about the pathway options

Training to become a rural or remote GP offers more variety, flexibility and lifestyle options than any other medical specialty. It’s where you can have real impact; where it’s needed most. Training places are available all over Australia – from towns on the fringe of capital cities, to regional coastal areas and remote outback locations. Living and working in a local community will provide you with opportunities to realise your full potential as a GP.

Benefits of choosing the rural pathway with the RACGP

  • Access additional skills training such as mental health, addiction medicine, paediatrics, anaesthetics, surgery and obstetrics.
  • Gain a greater depth and breadth of experience working more closely with local communities.
  • Experience both hospital and community-based primary care.
  •  Play a part in addressing the health needs of communities with lower access to health care.
  • Access mentors and professional relationships which may not be possible in metropolitan areas.
  • Increase your earning capacity – some placements offer financial incentives not available in metropolitan locations.
  • Enjoy lifestyle benefits of country living and being immersed in local communities.
  • Connect with likeminded colleagues through national faculties including RACGP GPs in Training, RACGP Rural and RACGP Specific Interests.

Enhancing your rural skills

You can pursue additional qualifications with the RACGP while working towards your Fellowship of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (FRACGP). These can reflect your interests, needs and goals, broadening your horizons and expanding your practice:

Fellowship of Advanced Rural General Practice (FARGP)

Choosing to take on FARGP will add on an extra year of study in the form of advanced rural skills training. This training provides the opportunity to learn about the specific health needs of rural and remote communities, and develop additional emergency medicine skills and procedural/non-procedural skills to meet those needs.

Find out more about FARGP

Rural Generalism (RG)

The AGPT RG program trains GPs to deliver comprehensive general practice and emergency care, as well as components of other medical specialist care in hospital and community settings. You can opt in to the AGPT Rural Generalist Policy (AGPT RG) at any stage of your training.  You can also opt out of rural generalist training if your situation changes down the track, and continue your AGPT training with no disruption. This allows you the time to understand which training pathway is best suited to you and the needs of your community.

Find out more about RG

What's it really like to train on the rural pathway?

RACGP webinar series for the 2022 AGPT Program

The webinar series will give you insight into the AGPT Program, specific to the RACGP. Register below to attend and bring your questions with you – there’ll be a Q&A at the end of each webinar. And remember, there’s no such thing as a silly question.

Topic
Date and time
Register
Application and selection process
Monday 1 March | 6pm (AEDT)
FARGP & RG with the RACGP
Thursday 25 March | 7.30pm (AEDT)
Candidate Assessment and Applied Knowledge Test (CAAKT)
Thursday 3 June | 6pm (AEST)
 

Helping create a clearer path

Your guide to the AGPT Program

To help you better understand the application and selection process, we’ve developed Your guide to the AGPT Program: 2022. The guide covers a range of useful topics, including:

  • characteristics and skill set required to be a GP
  • options in general practice
  • a breakdown of general practice training
  • how to apply and the selection process.

Your guide to AGPT eligibility

We’ve also developed Your guide to AGPT eligibility, which includes detailed information on:

  • the online application system and form
  • application category classification
  • supporting documents
  • referees
  • prior experience
  • special provisions
  • next steps.

We’re here to help

Our list of FAQs addresses a number of topics that potential applicants have asked about in the past. Browse our collection to see if we have the answers for your questions. If not, don’t be shy – reach out to us and we’ll try and help.

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Find out more about AGPT 

If you have any queries, you can call us on 1800 472 247 or email racgpeducation@racgp.org.au.

We’re available Monday to Friday from 8.00 am – 8.00 pm AEDT.