Extended skills training
You’re required to complete one term (six months FTE) of extended skills training. This training term gives you an opportunity to either extend your skills in community general practice or pursue an area of interest relevant to general practice, for example Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health, palliative care, sports medicine, sexual health or skin cancer medicine. You can also consolidate your advanced rural skills if you’re on the rural pathway or undertake an approved academic post in this term.
Extended skills training can be done in a range of RACGP-accredited settings, such as general practices and hospitals. You can also choose to extend your skills in a non-clinical setting.
It’s your responsibility to make arrangements with a training site to undertake your extended skills training. Your program team will provide information about accredited extended skills training posts in your areas of interest.
This training requirement can be met in several different ways:
- In a hospital setting before starting your GPT1 term or at any time during training.
- In non-general practice settings (eg sexual health clinic). Depending on the post, you will be granted approval after successfully completing at least GPT1, and in some instances, GPT2 or 3.
- In general practice; an extended skills training post can only be undertaken once you have successfully completed GPT1, 2 and 3.
Examples of where extended skills training take place include:
- a hospital setting, such as emergency medicine
- general practice, such as aged care or women’s health
- a community-based, non-general practice setting
- approved academic posts and medical education settings (undertaken concurrently with part-time comprehensive general practice).
You can undertake your extended skills training at one training siteor a number of different sites. If you choose to work in a combination of sites, you can do this either sequentially or concurrently.
The total number of minimum weekly working hours for extended skills training is the same as for other general practice terms. This means that you must undertake a full-time term over at least four days per week within a minimum 38-hour working week, and a part-time term over a minimum of two days per week within a minimum 14.5-hour working week.
If you choose to extend your skills in a non-general practice setting, you can work less than 14.5 hours per week (but at least 3.5 hours per week), provided it is done concurrently with another clinical post/s. Combined, these posts must include a minimum of 10.5 hours per week of clinical, rostered, face-to-face patient contact time.
If you choose to partially extend your skills in a non-clinical setting outside of an approved academic post or Registrar Liaison Officer term, at least 50 per cent of the total hours you work must be extending your skills in another clinical setting. You cannot use a concurrent GPT1, 2 or 3 term to fulfill this 50 per cent requirement.
You may be eligible to apply for recognition of prior learning and experience (RPLE) for the extended skills training component of the program. For more information about eligbility, refer to Am I eligible to apply?
You should think about your extended skills training requirements early to ensure you have enough time to get the appropriate approval. Discuss this with your ME to help you plan and seek approval for your extended skills training term.
Extended skills training for ADF registrars
If you’re an ADF registrar, you may undertake up to six months of extended skills training related to your military training, provided this is approved by the RACGP in accordance with the RACGP Standards for general practice training.
You can apply to do your extended skills training as an overseas deployment if you have completed GPT1 and GPT2 in Australia. Applications should be made in advance of an overseas deployment, where possible. The relevant censor will assess such applications on an individual basis.
Your application must provide the following evidence:
- the nominated post can take registrars
- there is appropriate onsite supervision
- the post has opportunities for relevant learning, appropriate patient demographics, and a commitment to teaching and to review your teaching plan
- the post is safe for you, determined by assessment of your living arrangements and health service infrastructure
- an adequate teaching plan
- your supervisor’s current resume and onsite supervisor details and agreement, as required.