RACGP educational framework

The RACGP educational framework

RACGP guiding instruments

Last revised: 17 Feb 2021

The RACGP educational framework includes three guiding instruments.

Figure 2. RACGP guiding instruments


These guiding instruments are public documents and provide direction for learners and education providers at all levels of general practice education from medical school through to post-Fellowship education. They are also used by the organisational units within the RACGP responsible for ensuring high quality and consistency in general practice education.

Under RACGP quality assurance processes, these guiding instruments are evaluated and revised on a regular basis. Revisions to these instruments:

  • advances their coherence with each other
  • aligns them with the RACGP educational guiding principles and the educational imperatives
  • ensures they have utility for the educational programs.

The following sections outline the purposes and objectives of each guiding instrument and how the RACGP envisions they will interact. What is detailed below is only partly realised. There is an aspirational component to the detail provided and this is intended to direct future revisions of the guiding instruments. Appendices 1, 2 and 3 provide further information on the RACGP guiding instruments and outline an analysis of each instrument’s current state, a future vision for each and recommendations for revision.

The Profile of the general practitioner (Profile of the GP) is a public statement of the RACGP’s view of what an Australian GP should be. Broad in its scope, the profile covers the different stages of a GP’s professional journey, from entry into general practice training through to post-Fellowship, and the different contexts in which GPs work in Australia. It also includes specialised and extended areas of expertise and leadership. This guiding instrument outlines the roles GPs perform, values they uphold, behaviours they exhibit and capabilities they possess.

The Profile of the GP aims to be aspirational and inspirational for those contemplating or engaging in a career as an Australian GP. It informs and aligns with the RACGP Curriculum for Australian General Practice, and guides education providers in their development of educational and training programs. It also informs the RACGP educational policies and standards, is a benchmark for judging unprofessional behaviour, and guides return to practice after extended absence.

Appendix 1 provides analysis of this guiding instrument, further information on its current state, a vision for its future, and recommendations for revision.

The RACGP Curriculum for Australian General Practice (the Curriculum) provides direction for educational content, processes and assessment methods. It details the intended outcomes of RACGP education across the GP learning continuum, ensuring general practice education is relevant, high quality and effective. The Curriculum aims to serve the needs of learners and educators engaged with RACGP education and to provide guidance for educational providers. Through directing education, it also aims to address the needs of patients and Australia’s diverse communities as well as respond to national health priorities.

The Curriculum relates to both the Profile of the GP and the RACGP education policies and standards. It translates the capabilities of the Profile of the GP into educational outcomes for guiding education. It provides indicators for these capabilities and educational outcomes to guide assessment. The Curriculum is reflected in the RACGP educational policies and standards, which support the delivery of the Curriculum.

Appendix 2 provides analysis of this guiding instrument, further information on its current state, a vision for its future, and recommendations for revision.

The RACGP education policies and standards outline the parameters for RACGP education delivery and engagement, and aim to maintain the standard of general practice education in Australia. They are designed to ensure high-quality, effective education and safe clinical practice in workplace training. They also provide direction to education providers by detailing RACGP expectations for the delivery of education.

The RACGP education policies and standards align with the RACGP educational guiding principles and the policies, standards and requirements of the Australian Medical Council (AMC) and MBA that relate to the RACGP. As well as being directive, they are also measures of performance for the purposes of accreditation, promoting quality, and for resolving disputes in judging the adequacy of educational delivery and engagement.

The RACGP education policies and standards are informed by the Profile of the GP and support the delivery of the Curriculum.

Appendix 3 provides analysis of these guiding instruments, further information on their current state, a vision for its future, and recommendations for revision.

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