Advanced rural training


Frequently asked questions


The Fellowship in Advanced Rural General Practice (FARGP) is a qualification awarded by RACGP in addition to the vocational Fellowship of the RAACGP (FRACGP). The FARGP cannot be undertaken as a stand-alone qualification.

You have four years to complete the requirements and achieve dual RACGP Fellowship (FRACGP, FARGP) or three years to complete the FRACGP.

It recognises additional skills training undertaken to meet specific community needs and help provide safe, accessible and comprehensive care in rural and remote communities.

To complete the requirements of the FARGP, you must satisfactorily complete:

  • the FARGP learning plan and reflection activity
  • 12 months in a rural general practice setting (MMM3–7)
  • 12 months of Additional Rural Skills Training (ARST) in an accredited procedural or non-procedural training post
  • a rural general practice community-focused project (for specific Additional Rural Skills Training curriculums)
  • the FARGP emergency medicine training module.


The FARGP provides training for registrars wishing to develop additional procedural or non-procedural skills. It is recommended you undertake the FARGP during general practice training to enable you to get the most out of your experience and fulfil the majority of FARGP requirements before heading into the FRACGP exams. FARGP can also be undertaken post-Fellowship.


Yes, the RACGP has developed a Rural Generalist Fellowship. The FARGP is being aligned with the national Rural Generalist Medicine training pathway and will be replaced by a four year standalone Rural Generalist Fellowship (FRACGP-RG). There are two main streams of work ongoing:

  • Seeking recognition of Rural Generalist Medicine as a protected title and a specialised field within the specialty of general practice;
  • Updating the Fellowship in Advanced Rural General Practice (FARGP) curriculum to align with the requirements of a national Rural Generalist training framework.

The updated curriculum will also be submitted as part of the process in gaining recognition of Rural Generalist Medicine as a specialised field within the specialty of general practice.

As part of converting the FRACGP/FARGP into a standalone Fellowship, some elements of the current FARGP will be eliminated and other aspects strengthened.


Yes, the RACGP will start to incorporate key elements of the future FRACGP-RG fellowship into the Fellowship in Advanced Rural General Practice (FARGP) from 2022.

This will be a stepwise transition of our program to incorporate Rural Generalism and assist in a smooth, simple transition for trainees to the new Fellowship. Immediate improvements include working to further develop GP registrar skills training in emergency care.

If you are enrolled in the FARGP from 2022, you can transition to the FRACGP-RG pathway once it’s launched. The RACGP will work closely with you to ensure you are completing the skills training which will allow you to complete a Rural Generalist Fellowship.


The AGPT Program provides a Rural Generalist Training Policy (AGPT RG) for candidates wishing to train towards becoming a Rural Generalist (RG).

150 training positions will be offered through RACGP nationally for the 2022 intake. AGPT RG candidates must select to train towards FRACGP combined with FARGP at the point of application.

Find out more about AGPT Rural Generalist Training


AGPT RG provides additional flexibility for registrars, including:

  • Up to 6 years from the start of training to gain FRACGP and FARGP (an additional, optional 52 weeks of funded training and support are available compared to those who choose to complete their FRACGP and FARGP without choosing the AGPT RG training option).
  • You can complete your ARST training in MMM-1 locations and / or with other RTOs if the placement required to complete your ARST is not available in the region in which you are training.
  • You will be classified as an RG. This will allow you to access all benefits associated with the classification of RG as a specialty within General Practice, should the application to the Medical Board of Australia be successful.

This future proofing of current RG training is underway and includes the refinement of the design of the FARGP and FRACGP training endpoint.


New RACGP applicants:

  • Indicate interest in pursuing Rural Generalist Training by selecting the option on the application form
  • Select the rural pathway, and
  • Be seeking to work towards fellowship of RACGP combined with the Fellowship in Advanced Rural General Practice (FARGP).

Already enrolled with RACGP:

  • Opt in to Rural Generalist Training through the AGPT Program via RACGP.

The RACGP or the relevant Regional Training Organisation (RTO) will make contact and offer the applicant the opportunity to train under the AGPT Rural Generalist Policy 2020.


You do not need to be enrolled in a State/Territory Rural Generalist Program in order to train under AGPT RG.

All AGPT registrars training on the AGPT Program prior to 2019 and who are enrolled in a State/Territory Rural Generalist Program will be given the opportunity to train under this policy.
 


Yes, you can opt into being classified as an RG and training as an RG later in your training journey.

This may be because you decide to undertake some Advanced Rural Skills Training (ARST) as you see the need for these skills in the community in which you are training or it may be because you have chosen to move to a remote or rural area that supports, and benefits from, your training in RG.

You may opt into being classified as an RG from any other pathway (general or rural).


Yes, if your circumstances change in the future, you may opt out of training as an RG but continue to train towards the FRACGP.

You will, however, need to remain on the rural pathway and continue to work in an MMM2-7 location.


For the FARGP, this includes:

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health;
  • Academic Practice;
  • Adult Internal Medicine;
  • Anaesthetics (JCCA);
  • Child Health;
  • Emergency Medicine;
  • Mental Health;
  • Obstetrics and Gynaecology (DRANZCOG/DRANZCOG Advanced);
  • Palliative Care;
  • Surgery.

Other posts can be considered by the RACGP Rural Censor on application as part of an individually designed program e.g. a composite poste with child health and mental health.


Yes, the RACGP will start to incorporate key elements of the future FRACGP-RG fellowship into the Fellowship in Advanced Rural General Practice (FARGP) from 2022.

This will be a stepwise transition of our program to incorporate Rural Generalism and assist in a smooth, simple transition for trainees to the new Fellowship. Immediate improvements include working to further develop GP registrar skills training in emergency care.

If you are enrolled in the FARGP from 2022 you can transition to the FRACGP-RG pathway once it’s rolled out. The RACGP will work closely with you to ensure you are completing the skills training which will allow you to complete a Rural Generalist Fellowship.

Read more about RACGP’s Rural Generalist Fellowship

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