Fellowship of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) denotes a practitioner who provides safe, specialised and high-quality general practice care. It demonstrates to governments, the general practice profession and the community that a doctor is competent to practise safely and unsupervised in any Australian general practice setting – metropolitan, rural, remote and very remote communities. It allows access to specialist medical registration and A1 Medicare rebates.
The RACGP offers two Fellowships:
- Fellowship of the RACGP (FRACGP) is what all registrars are training towards on the Australian General Practice Training (AGPT) program.
- RACGP Rural Generalist Fellowship (FRACGP-RG) is awarded in addition to FRACGP to registrars who successfully complete rural generalist training.
The RACGP Rural Generalist Fellowship aims to develop additional rural skills and increase the availability of safe, accessible and comprehensive care for Australia’s rural, remote and very remote communities. It replaces the Fellowship in Advanced Rural General Practice (FARGP) and aligns with the National Rural Generalist Pathway
. It is awarded in addition to the Fellowship of the RACGP (FRACGP).
Rural Generalist Fellowship recognises rural generalist medicine as a specialised field within the specialty of general practice. Rural generalists deliver primary care services, emergency medicine and additional skills such as obstetrics, anaesthetics and mental health services to provide access to a broader range of specialist medical care in their communities.
Rural generalist registrars complete an extra year of training to develop additional rural skills.
Figure 1 shows the pathway to RACGP Fellowship for registrars on the AGPT program.
Figure 1. AGPT journey to Fellowship
To be admitted to Fellowship of the RACGP (FRACGP) or RACGP Rural Generalist Fellowship (FRACGP-RG), you’ll need to complete all requirements of the AGPT program. This means satisfactorily completing your program time, placements, educational components and assessments, including the RACGP Fellowship exams. You’ll also need to show appropriate professional conduct throughout your training. If all requirements are successfully met, you’ll be eligible to access specialist medical registration and A1 Medicare rebate rates.