GP in Training Membership


Guidance document

1. Introduction

This guidance document provides further information on fulfilling the RACGP’s GP in Training (GPiT) membership requirements.

2. Context

2.1 This guidance document replaces the previous Registrar Membership Policy and Registrar Membership Guidance Document and will come into effect as of 11 October 2021.

2.2 Entry

The RACGP requires that GPiTs hold financial RACGP membership upon commencement in an RACGP Approved Program, throughout their candidature in the program, and upon the attainment of Fellowship of the RACGP (FRACGP). This is an exam eligibility requirement as well as a requirement for Fellowship.

3. Fulfilling the membership requirement

3.1 Membership start date

GPiTs commencing their program towards the Fellowship must be a financial RACGP member upon commencement an RACGP Approved Program.

3.2 Payment of membership fees

As per clause 25 of the RACGP Constitution, the subscription for membership must be paid within three calendar months of its due date. Failure to do so will lead to removal of membership privileges and the RACGP holding the right to suspend or withdraw a GPiT from their program. Any decision to suspend or withdraw a GPiT from their program will be made in consultation with the relevant training provider.

3.3 Membership and Recognition of Prior Learning

There is no requirement for RACGP membership prior to commencement of an RACGP Approved Program.

The RACGP confirms Recognition of Prior Learning applications upon commencement of the AGPT Program or the RVTS.

3.4 Membership type

GPiTs must join under the Registrar Associate membership type. The RACGP will not recognise the GPiT’s program time under any other membership type.

3.5 Responsibility for membership

The responsibility to meet the RACGP Approved Program membership requirement rests with the individual GPiT. 

3.6 Membership during approved periods of leave

The GPiT may choose to suspend their RACGP membership during periods of approved leave of three months or greater in duration, on the provision of appropriate supporting evidence.

  1. For the Vocational Training Pathway (the AGPT Program and the RVTS):
    1. A registrar may apply for a suspension of their membership if they are on Category 1,Category 2 or Category 3 leave, provided that the leave has been approved by the registrar’s Training Organisation in line with the AGPT Program Leave Policy or the RVTS Registrar Leave Policy.
  2. For the PEP Standard and Specialist Streams:
    1. A participant may apply for a suspension of their membership during periods of approved leave of three months or greater in duration, on the provision of appropriate supporting evidence in line with the PEP – Standard Stream Leave and Extensions Policy and the PEP - Specialist Stream Leave Policy
  3. If membership is suspended, access to all RACGP member benefits (including eligibility to sit the exams) will also be suspended. Access to online continuous professional development modules will continue.
  4. To suspend their RACGP membership GPiTs must contact the RACGP and apply for a suspension of membership and candidacy in their RACGP Approved Program:
    1. GPiTs must apply via email to membership@racgp.org.au with the following naming convention:
      Suspension of Candidacy – Dr [LAST NAME] – RACGP ID.
    2. The email must include evidence of the approved leave (including start and end date) from the GPiT’s Training Organisation. The RACGP must receive all applications within 10 business days of commencement of approved leave for a suspension of membership and candidacy to be considered for the full period of leave.
      1. After the first 10 business days, suspension of membership will only commence from the time that a GPiT applies for the suspension. The RACGP will not back date suspension to the beginning of the period of leave.
  5. If the RACGP approves a suspension of candidacy, any membership fees already paid by the GPiT for the period of approved leave will be either refunded after completion of leave or credited pro-rata towards the cost of their next membership fee at the RACGP’s discretion.

4. Consequence of non-compliance

Once a GPiT has commenced on their RACGP Approved Program, they must maintain financial RACGP membership for subsequent recognition of their RACGP approved post experience towards their requirements for Fellowship.

4.1 Considerations during a period of lapsed membership

  1. Under extenuating and unforeseen circumstances, the RACGP may consider recognising a GPiT’s RACGP approved post experience undertaken during a period when the GPiT was not a RACGP member.
  2. For the Vocational Training Pathway (AGPT & RVTS)
    1. Registrars who do not pay their membership fees within three months of receiving the invoice from the RACGP, or who have not maintained RACGP membership throughout their time on the Vocational Training Pathway, may apply for recognition of training by detailing the reasons for not holding RACGP membership while in the pathway.
    2. Applications must be made via email to educationpolicy@racgp.org.au with the following naming convention:
      Application for Recognition of Training – Dr [LAST NAME] – RACGP ID.
    3. Any determination is at the RACGP’s discretion.
  3. For the PEP Standard and Specialist Streams:
    1. Participants who have not maintained RACGP membership throughout the PEP Standard or Specialist Programs may apply for recognition of RACGP approved post experience by detailing the reasons for not holding RACGP membership during this time.
    2. Applications must be made via email to pepadmin@racgp.org.au with the following naming convention:
      Application for Recognition of RACGP approved post experience (Lapsed Membership) – Dr [LAST NAME] – RACGP ID
    3. Any determination is at the RACGP’s discretion.

5. Glossary

Approved Leave

Leave approved by:

  1. a training organisation in accordance with AGPT Program policies;
  2. RVTS in accordance with Vocational Training Pathway policies;
  3. the RACGP in accordance with Vocational Training Pathway policies; or
  4. the RACGP in accordance with Practice Experience Program policies.

Extenuating and unforeseen circumstances

Circumstances that are considered on a case-by-case basis, but must relate to circumstances which were unforeseen, outside the participant’s control and which can be shown to have a direct and significant impact on the participant, including:

  1. ill-health (other than minor illnesses) with valid certificates,
  2. carer’s leave with valid certificates,
  3. bereavement,
  4. acute adverse life circumstances,
  5. hospitalisation,
  6. Australian Defence Force deployment leave, and
  7. Other circumstances involving significant changes to a participant’s circumstances.

Financial RACGP member

A member who has:

  1. met the membership category requirements,
  2. had their complete membership application form accepted, and
  3. paid their membership fee in full.

FRACGP

The award of Fellowship of the RACGP.

GP in Training (GPiT)

A medical practitioner enrolled in any RACGP Approved Program before gaining Fellowship, of which there are two types;

  1. Registrars, who are currently enrolled in the Australian General Practice Training (AGPT) or Remote Vocational Training Scheme (RVTS) programs, and
  2. Participants, who are currently enrolled in the Practice Experience Program (PEP) Standard and Specialist Streams.

General Practice Experience Pathway (GPE)

The pathway through which doctors working in general practice and vocationally registered GPs can gain Fellowship without having to do specialist general practice training (vocational training) in Australia.

PEP Specialist Stream

The pathway for SIMGs with a recognised overseas specialist qualification who wish to qualify for FRACGP.

PEP Standard Stream

A self-directed education program designed to support non-vocationally registered (non-VR) doctors on their journey to FRACGP. The program is split into two phases:

  1. The educational phase means the program time during which participants complete learning units and workplace-based assessment requirements, and
  2. The post-education phase means the time participants have to fulfil Fellowship requirements, including accruing sufficient general practice experience as assessed under the Assessment of General Practice Experience Policy and for completion of Fellowship exams.

RACGP approved post

Medical contexts that the RACGP deems will contribute towards a GPiT’s requirements for Fellowship. For all GPiT these include:

  1. general practice posts

For registrars, these also include:

  1. hospital posts,
  2. academic posts, and
  3. extended skills training posts

For PEP Participants, these also include

  1. Medical Deputising Services (MDS)

RACGP Approved Program

One of the following:

  1. Australian General Practice Training Program,
  2. Remote Vocational Training Scheme, and
  3. RACGP Fellowship Program - Practice Experience Program (PEP).

These streams are approved specified programs listed in Division 6 of the Health Insurance Regulations 2018 (Cth) (the Regulations).

Vocational Training Pathway

The RACGP’s specialist general practice vocational training program leading to the FRACGP. There are two entry points into the Vocational Training Pathway: the AGPT Program; and the RVTS.

Vocationally registered GPs

Has the same meaning given in the Health Insurance Act 1973 (Cth) and refers to a medical practitioner who is registered under section 3F of the Act.

6. References

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