AGPT registrar training handbook

Training program requirements

Out-of-practice education

        1. Out-of-practice education

Out-of-practice education

In addition to your in-practice education, you’ll participate in 125 hours of out-of-practice education to supplement your training in the workplace, including workshops, self-directed learning, peer learning and exam preparation. Some activities are mandatory for your progression through training, and others are optional.

We strongly encourage you to make the most of all the resources and opportunities to connect with your peers.

Regional workshops

Regional workshops bring registrars together from around your region for group learning. They are run by your regional team who will determine the format and topics based on the group’s learning needs. There’ll also be the opportunity to socialise and connect with your peers.

Some regional workshops are mandatory to attend, and others are optional. They will usually be run in a face-to-face format so you will be expected to travel to these. We recommend you make the most of these learning opportunities and attend as many as possible.

Peer learning groups

You’ll also attend a local peer learning group run by a local ME. In these small groups you’ll work with your peers and the ME(s) on topics from the RACGP Curriculum and syllabus. These sessions will be semi-structured and tailored to the learning needs of the group.

Participation in your peer learning group is mandatory throughout your general practice training terms.

Self-directed learning

During the AGPT program you’ll have access to a suite of online learning resources. This includes learning strategies, case consultation examples and the RACGP Curriculum and syllabus. You’ll also have access to the gplearning online modules.

Some online learning modules will be mandatory to complete and others optional. You’ll need to supplement the mandatory modules and out-of-practice teaching with these optional modules to ensure you cover the RACGP Curriculum and syllabus and your training plan.

Exam preparation

We provide training and support for your Fellowship exams preparation, including regional workshops, webinars, tutorials, peer study groups and mock exams. Your program team will provide you with the options available in your area as you progress to the exams.

What do I need to attend?

Regional workshops and local peer learning groups are mandatory. You’ll need to attend at least 125 hours of a combination of these throughout your general practice training terms. An example of the hours for each is shown in Table 2. However, there may be some nuances in your training region. Your program team will provide you with the exact number of hours for each activity relevant to you.

Training semester/ term Regional workshops Local peer learning groups Total hours
January/February – June/July (GPT1 or 2) Four full-day workshops (total 24 hours) 10 sessions (total 30 hours) 54 hours
July/August – December/January (GPT1 or 2) One full-day workshop (six hours) 14 sessions (total 42 hours) 48 hours
GPT3 8 sessions (total 24 hours) 24 hours

These activities will cover a range of topics, such as:

  • orientation to the AGPT program
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural and health education, including cultural safety training
  • mental health training – level 1
  • core general practice procedures.

Your regional team will also determine some additional mandatory topics for your area. Your program team will give you more information on this during your orientation.

Full-time registrars are expected to attend all mandatory activities within the term. If you are a part-time registrar we encourage you, where possible, to complete your out-of-practice education, including attending activities, in a full-time capacity. If this is not possible for you, speak to your program team to discuss other arrangements.

Your training coordinator will let you know the dates of any mandatory out-of-practice learning activities for your region. You’ll need to communicate with your training site to ensure you can attend.

If you miss a compulsory educational activity, you’ll need to discuss with your ME how you will make up for the missed learning opportunity.