Transfer between training streams
We take into account both your needs and workforce needs when considering your application for transfer between streams.
General to rural stream
If you wish to train in an MMM 2–7 location, you don’t need to apply for a transfer.
If you’re interested in completing rural generalist training, speak to your training coordinator about how this may impact your training.
Rural to general stream
If you accepted a training position with the rural stream, you’re expected to complete all your training in MMM 2–7 locations.
If it’s not possible to undertake your extended skills term, core emergency medicine training or additional rural skills training in those areas, you can apply to temporarily train in an MMM 1 location. If approved, you don’t need to apply for a transfer from the rural to the general stream.
You may apply for a permanent transfer from the rural stream to the general stream in any of the following circumstances:
- you have a career and/or education and training need that can’t be met in your current training region
- you, or a significant family relation, have extenuating and unforeseen circumstances
- you, or a significant family relation, have an unforeseen medical condition that can’t be adequately or safely managed in the rural location where you’re currently based.
If we identify a need to transfer
During the placement process, if we’re unable to match you to an appropriate training site in your training stream, or if you have a career and/or education and training need that can’t be met in your training stream, your training coordinator will manage an application for transfer on your behalf.
Transfers in extenuating and unforeseen circumstances
If you, or a significant family relation, are affected by extenuating and unforeseen circumstances or have an unforeseen medical condition that can’t be adequately or safely managed in the rural location where you’re currently based, talk to your training coordinator about applying for a transfer. They’ll advise you of the process and the documents you’ll need to provide in your application.
Section 19AB exemption to enable transfer
If you’re an overseas trained doctor or foreign graduate of an accredited medical school, while you’re on the AGPT program you’re automatically granted a section 19AB class exemption from the Health Insurance Act 1973 (Cwlth) allowing you to work in any MMM 2–7 area regardless of your practice’s Distribution Priority Area status.
However, if you wish to transfer from the rural to the general stream, you must apply to the Department of Health for an exemption that allows you to work in an MMM 1 location.
Note that if you do receive such an exemption, the RACGP is not compelled to approve your application for transfer into the general stream.
For more information about section 19AB and applying for an exemption, visit the section 19AB pages of the Department of Health website.