AGPT registrar training handbook

Training program requirements

Academic posts

      1. Academic posts

Last revised: 16 Feb 2024

Academic posts

Everyday general practice is grounded in evidence. As a GP, you need to be able to filter, critically appraise, interpret and apply evidence. The optional Academic post program gives you the opportunity to develop your teaching, research and critical thinking skills.

An academic post is a 12-month, part-time salaried role in a university department of general practice that is completed simultaneously with part-time (0.5 FTE) clinical training.

During the post you’ll receive mentoring and support from the university. The RACGP also provides an activity support program that includes face-to-face workshops and attendance at least one national conference, with registration and travel costs covered.

The academic post introduces registrars, who may otherwise not have an opportunity, to research and teaching in an academic environment. Registrars with previous research experience will also find the post a valuable experience.

The academic post program gives you the chance to:

  • contribute to the evidence on which general practice is based
  • gain experience in research and teaching
  • disseminate research in professional journals and at conferences
  • help build the foundation for a career as a general practice academic or medical educator
  • join a nationwide cohort of other Academic Post registrars.

There are 20 academic posts available each year, including the Australian Indigenous Doctors Association post (open to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander registrars) and the AJGP (Australian Journal of General Practice) post which has a focus on medical editing.

To be eligible for an academic post you must:

  • be enrolled in the AGPT program
  • have completed at least GPT1 at the time of commencement of the post
  • have not yet obtained Fellowship.

Find out more about participating visit the academic post website


If you are completing an academic post, you can apply to reduce or waive the concurrent clinical component. More information about eligibility and how to apply for a reduction can be found in the relevant academic post cohort guide. To access the guide please email