AGPT registrar training handbook

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Eligibility to start in general practice

        1. Eligibility to start in general practice

Assessment of readiness for general practice

The AGPT program requires 52 calendar weeks of hospital training on the AGPT prgram prior to starting in community general practice. Some registrars will undertake this as part of the training program.

However, we acknowledge that some registrars will have worked extensively in the hospital system before joining the AGPT program and are therefore ready to start in community general practice. As part of your induction, your program team will assess if you have adequate experience in accredited Australian or New Zealand hospitals to do so.

For more information about hospital training, refer to Hospital training.

Eligibility to start in general practice

To be eligible to start in general practice, you must have completed a minimum amount of training time in mandatory rotations – medicine, surgery, emergency medicine and paediatrics – in accredited Australian or New Zealand hospitals. These four mandatory rotations must be completed by the end of the hospital training time. You must be able to demonstrate this breadth of experience with supporting documentation, as detailed in Evidence of satisfactory completion of hospital rotations.

You also need to have completed a minimum of two years of appropriate hospital terms in accredited Australian or New Zealand hospitals. The RACGP thoroughly assesses your hospital experience through the RPLE process, but initially, you’ll need to provide supporting documentation of your experience for your program team to assess your readiness to start in general practice and therefore your eligibility to apply for RPLE. For more information, refer to What is RPLE? in Recognition of prior learning and experience.

You must complete a basic life support (BLS) course in the 12 months before starting your first general practice term, and the course must meet RACGP criteria. For more information, refer to Basic life support training.

Competency in the four mandatory hospital rotations, completion of two years of appropriate hospital terms and completing a BLS course ensures you’re safe and ready to start training in a general practice setting.

Recency of experience

We usually require this hospital experience to be within five years of starting community general practice training. We may consider experience within 10 years if you can demonstrate how you’ve maintained the skills and knowledge acquired during the terms.

If you’re assessed as having completed the mandatory terms plus you have sufficient demonstrable hospital experience to apply for RPLE, you may be considered ready to start your training in general practice.

If, however, you’re assessed as requiring further experience in hospital before starting in general practice, your program team will advise you how much time and what rotations you need to complete. 

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