Training in rural and remote areas

AGPT rural pathway

Becoming a rural or remote GP is a great choice if you want to be part of a community and make a real difference.

The rural pathway encompasses a large percentage of Australia reaching from towns on the fringe of capital cities, to regional coastal areas and remote outback locations. If you are applying for the Rural Pathway, there is an expectation that you will live and work in the community.

Rural General Practice can be challenging but it offers more variety, flexibility and lifestyle options than any other medical specialty, including:

  • access to additional skills training such as mental health, addiction medicine, paediatrics, anaesthetics, surgery and obstetrics;
  • opportunity to gain a greater depth and breadth of experience working more closely with local communities;
  • hospital and community-based primary care;
  • contributing to addressing the health needs of communities with lower access to health care;
  • 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.

The diversity in health presentations means rural and remote GPs can expand their skills and take on a variety of clinical opportunities in hospital and community-based work using a range of procedural and non-procedural skills, emergency response, after-hours services, outreach clinics and population health initiatives.

Fellowship in Advanced Rural General Practice (FARGP)

The Fellowship in Advanced Rural General Practice (FARGP) is a qualification awarded in addition to the vocational Fellowship of the RACGP (FRACGP)* and has pathways designed for both general practice registrars and experienced practising general practitioners (GPs). Candidates are given a maximum timeframe of four years to complete the requirements and achieve both the FRACGP and FARGP qualifications.

GPs are an integral part of rural communities – the skills practised depend on the context in which they work and the specific needs of their community.

The FARGP provides an opportunity to develop additional procedural or non-procedural skills, emergency medicine skills and to build greater connections with your community.

The FARGP offers the greatest benefits when completed over the full period of the training program, well before you start preparing for your final FRACGP exams.

FARGP is designed to meet community needs and offers:

  • the FARGP learning plan and reflection activity
  • 12 months in a rural general practice setting
  • 12 months of advanced rural skills training in an accredited procedural or non-procedural training post
  • a six-month rural general practice community focused project
  • an emergency medicine module, which includes a series of case studies, skills audit and satisfactory completion of two advanced emergency skills courses.

The FARGP is completed on an interactive learning platform accessed via the RACGP’s gplearning platform.

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AGPT Rural Generalist Training (AGPT RG)

The AGPT’s Rural Generalist Policy (AGPT RG) allows registrars the option to train as an AGPT Rural Generalist with the RACGP. 150 training positions will be offered through RACGP nationally in 2020 for the 2021 intake.

AGPT RG registrars must train towards the vocational Fellowship of the RACGP (FRACGP) combined with the Fellowship in Advanced Rural General Practice (FARGP).

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*​The FARGP cannot be undertaken as a stand-alone qualification.