AGPT Academic Post Program

Applications for the 2022 program close on Monday July 5, 2021

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Build your skills in research and critical thinking

The everyday practice of GPs is based on evidence. GPs and registrars need to be able to filter, critically appraise, interpret and apply the information available to them. The Australian General Practice Training program (AGPT) seeks to ensure registrars have the opportunity to build their skills in the areas of research, teaching and critical thinking through 12-month Academic Post training terms.
An Academic Post is a 12-month (0.5FTE) training term undertaken concurrently (0.5FTE) clinical work as part of registrar training on the AGPT Program.

About the program

An academic post is an AGPT training term in which registrars learn academic skills through individualised learning plans with mentoring and support from training providers, universities and the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP).

The post aims to provide exposure to research and teaching in an academic environment and encourages registrars to incorporate academic work into their careers. Successful grantees will complete their academic term within a Department of General Practice, or equivalent, at a University.

There are a total of 20 academic posts available every year. This includes two specialised posts, the AIDA post offered to an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander general practice registrar, and the AJGP post , incorporates a standard Academic Post with additional editing work.

Applications for the 2022 Academic Post term are now closed. All applicants will receive their final outcome by mid-late August 2021.

RACGP Research Expert Committee’s Academic Registrar Showcase – Webinar

Watch the recording of the Academic Registrar Showcase webinar that took place on Tuesday February 9th, 2021 and explored the experiences of four Academic Post registrars throughout their posts. Each spoke about their research project, research and teaching experience and what they are up to next.

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Pre-application webinar

Want to know more about the program and find out how to prepare a high quality application? Watch the recording of the 2022 pre-application webinar which took place on Thursday 18 March from 7:00-8:00pm AEDT.

The webinar was hosted by RACGP’s Education Research Unit, and included guest speakers from the Academic Partner team at Monash University, and a previous Academic Post registrar. 

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Why should I apply for an Academic Post?

The Academic Post allows registrars to diversify their skillset and experience various opportunities available to them throughout their general practice careers. The benefits of taking part in the program include:

  • Building skills in academia and research
  • Participating in teaching activities
  • Being a part of an academic unit within a university
  • Exposes registrars to a different career pathway in general practice
  • Network with other GPs in training and GP researchers/academic GPs
  • Receiving RACGP-funded registration, flights and accommodation to selected national conferences
  • Receiving access to professional development and research funding
  • Enhanced job opportunities

Want to hear from a previous participant of the program? Dr Ching Kay Li (2020 Academic Post registrar) wrote an article to GP Registrars Australia on the program and how to go about applying for it. Read the article below.

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Why should I consider an academic post?

2017 Academic Post registrar Dr Rebekah Hoffman’s research focused on burnout and wellbeing of junior doctors. Watch the following interview with Rebekah discussing her experience in the program and advice she has for future applicants.

 

The Academic Post program experience

Want to know more about the experience of the Academic Post program? Hear from four Academic Post registrars who undertook the program in 2019. They will discuss their experience in the program and any advice they have for prospective applicants.

 

What are the steps to applying for an Academic Post?


Prospective applicants are encouraged to check their eligibility for a post with their medical educator and liaise with their proposed university supervisor before commencing an application.

Registrars must:

  • Be enrolled in the AGPT Program; and
  • Have completed at least GPT1 of their core vocational training at the time of commencement of the post;
  • Have not obtained Fellowship; and
  • Have at least three months full-time equivalent of clinical work remaining on the AGPT Program

More details regarding eligibility are available in the AGPT Academic Post policy and the RACGP Academic Post policy. Registrars are also encouraged to request support from RACGP staff before and during the application process via email gpedresearch@racgp.org.au or phone 03 8699 0418.


Watch the 2021 pre-application information webinar that took place on on March 18th, 2021.

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The application guide contains detailed information for prospective applicants about the application process and what is expected. Please ensure you have read the application guide before beginning your application.

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Registrars must link with a university prior to beginning their application form. Below is a list of the actively participating universities in the Academic Post program and the relevant contact details. Prospective applicants can contact Universities directly or liaise with their RTO to advise of direct contacts.

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Registrars must develop a research proposal as part of their application form and this must be done in collaboration with a university supervisor from a Department of General Practice, rural clinical school or equivalent. 


A ‘specialised academic post’ is a post where some objectives of the term are predetermined. Specialised posts are designed to facilitate access to specific research opportunities. These terms count towards training in the same way as a standard academic post. There are two specialised posts available in the RACGP Academic Post program.

  • Australian Journal of General Practice (AJGP) Editorial Fellow academic post – a training term with a focus on medical editing.
  • The Australian Indigenous Doctors’ Association (AIDA) academic post – an identified training term for an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander registrar to undertake teaching and research aimed at improving the health and life outcomes of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.


The application process is very competitive and can be challenging for some registrars, so we called upon our 2018 Academic Post registrar Dr Emily Kirkpatrick who sat with Dr Chris Barton, senior lecturer in primary health care from Monash Department of General Practice, to talk through the steps involved in preparing and submitting a quality application.

There are a total of 20 academic posts available every year and the application process is very competitive. Prospective applicants are encouraged to check their eligibility for a post with their medical educator and liaise with their proposed university supervisor before commencing an application. Registrars are also encouraged to request support from RACGP staff before and during the application process via email gpedresearch@racgp.org.au or telephone 03 8699 0418.

2018 Academic Post registrar Dr Emily Kirkpatrick sat with Dr Chris Barton, senior lecturer in primary health care from Monash Department of General Practice, to talk through the steps involved in preparing and submitting a quality application.


The RACGP encourages registrars to start their applications early as will take longer than you might expect. The application form can be downloaded prior to officially starting the application, and you can return to edit the form prior to submitting.


The RTO Medical Educator and the University supervisor will be required to read and sign declarations advising they are supportive of the registrar’s application. Please allow for time for this to ensure the application is submitted by the due date.


The RACGP does not accept late applications so it is important for application forms to be submitted on time.


Do not hesitate to ask for support. The RACGP Education Research team is here to support you throughout your application. Please contact gpedresearch@racgp.org.au if you require any assistance.

AIDA Post

As part of the Federal Governments’ Closing the Gap strategy, the Department of Health has earmarked a specialised academic post referred to as the ‘Australian Indigenous Doctors’ Association (AIDA) academic post’. AIDA and its members are uniquely positioned to provide perspectives aimed at improving the health and life outcomes of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples. The Australian Indigenous Doctors' Association (AIDA) academic post is an identified training term open to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander GPiTs to do teaching and research that aims to improve the health and life outcomes of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Dr Talila Milroy

2020 AIDA Academic Post holder

Dr Talila Milroy
'Racism in the healthcare workforce and for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander patients in general is a really important topic that the Australian Indigenous Doctors' Association [AIDA] is trying to address, among many others.

The AIDA post allows me to work with AIDA to get advice and support in developing my project, the project design, helping with recruitment and also reviewing the project as it progresses throughout the post. Also, it allows me to attend their annual conference – to present my findings but also to meet other Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander or non-Indigenous researchers within the Indigenous healthcare space.'

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The AIDA post comprises 0.5 FTE clinical work in a general practice clinic (minimum of 14.5 hours per week) and 0.5 FTE in academia, including research (11.4 hours) and teaching (7.6 hours). The successful applicant will be supported to visit AIDA’s office in Canberra several times over the course of the post. Applicants may develop their own topic in consultation with their University supervisor or select from the list of suggested topics provided below.

Suggested research topics

All of the topics listed below would lend themselves to a number of different approaches, ranging from a literature review, a review of metadata and trials, developing research methodology on how to collect/collate the data and measure/impact on results informed by and integrating Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander ways of being and knowing and/or best practice models. Additional annotations are only provided where they differ from the above.

  • Applying cultural safety in clinical practice at the GP practice level (could also be a collation/review of patient surveys on the cultural safety of their treatment/GP)
  • Racism (as experienced and/or perpetrated) by GPs
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander patient and doctor (under)identification
  • GPs and ear health
  • GPs and BBV and STIs
  • GP role in identifying and addressing current and future effects of climate change on the health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples
  • Euthanasia/Doctor assisted dying –
    • the impact of proposed and current laws on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander patients
    • the opinions on those issues among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander patients (should include palliative care)
  • Integrating traditional Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander healing practices in modern clinical practice.


AJGP Post

The Australian Journal of General Practice (AJGP) is the official journal of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP). The AJGP aims to provide relevant, evidence-based, clearly articulated information to Australian general practitioners (GPs) to assist them in providing the highest quality patient care, applicable to the varied geographic and social contexts in which GPs work and to all GP roles as clinician, researcher, educator, practice team member and opinion leader. All articles are subject to peer review before they are accepted for publication. The journal is indexed in MEDLINE, Index Medicus and Science Citation Index Expanded.

The AJGP Academic Post incorporates a standard Academic Post with additional editing work. This post is a unique opportunity for a registrar to obtain medical editing experience during their academic training. The Editorial Fellow role description can be found here.

Dr Amelia Woods

2020 AJGP Academic Post holder

“If you’re like me, and you’ve never had anyone around you doing research and you don’t know what it’s about and it seems like this scary world – you just need to hear that its fine to crack into it, and its fine to just dip your toe in”

“It was very very rewarding. The year was really beneficial, I can’t recommend it enough. I really enjoyed it”

Watch the full interview


The registrar program has moved to a structured learning program whose features are highlighted in the RACGP Editorial Fellow Learning program (2019) and whose content is detailed in the RACGP Curriculum for Australian General Practice 2019 Special Skills Unit – Editorial Fellow (EF19).

Page 1 of the Curriculum Statement details the core educational components and how this fits in with their overall learning and experience within RACGP registrar training program.

AJGP offers advanced trainees in the RACGP registrar training program a 6 or 12 month structured learning experience ideal for those interested in fostering their skills in one or more of the core domains: academic writing, critical evaluation of the literature, editorial and publication, all conducted within an ethical and professional framework. The program begins with a systematized educational program within a dedicated syllabus followed by supported practical experience. In the latter parts of the year, registrars may have the opportunity to focus on areas of specific interest.

General program information
 


Applications for the 2022 Academic Post term are now closed. All applicants will receive their final outcome by mid-late August 2021.


The Academic Post policy has recently been updated.

What has changed?

Previously, Academic Registrars were required to complete the 0.5 Full Time Equivalent (FTE) Academic Post concurrently with a 0.5 FTE clinical training component.

The eligibility requirements for reducing the concurrent clinical training requirement have now been changed to allow for more flexibility for Academic Registrars. Moving forward, all registrars undertaking an Academic Post can apply to complete the concurrent clinical component of the academic term part time. The RACGP may reduce or waive the concurrent clinical requirement, to allow for the Academic Post to be undertaken part time. The revised eligibility requirements are detailed in clause 7.4 of the new policy.

 

Past recipients of the Academic Post Program


The RACGP is pleased to announce the awarding of 21 academic posts for the 2021 program. A list of the successful applicants and their research projects can be accessed here: 2022 Academic Post Registrars and research questions.

The RACGP Academic Post 2021 Cohort Guide provides comprehensive information for current and prospective academic registrars and their training providers.

RACGP Academic Post Cohort Guide 2022 (PDF 1.4 MB)


The RACGP is pleased to announce the awarding of 21 academic posts for the 2021 program. A list of the successful applicants and their research projects can be accessed here: 2021 Academic Post Registrars and research questions.

The RACGP Academic Post 2021 Cohort Guide provides comprehensive information for current and prospective academic registrars and their training providers.

RACGP Academic Post Cohort Guide 2021 (PDF 860 KB)


RACGP awarded 20 academic posts to general practice registrars to undertake research and teaching during 2020, including the Australian Indigenous Doctors’ Association and Australian Journal of General Practice specialised posts. A list of the successful applicants and their research projects can be accessed here: 2020 Academic Post Registrars and research questions.

The RACGP Academic Post 2020 Cohort Guide provides comprehensive information for current and prospective academic registrars and their training providers.

RACGP Academic Post Cohort Guide 2020 (PDF 876 KB)

Scholarly articles published by 2019 Academic Registrars:

  • "Immunising older Australians: Pre-COVID-19 vaccine perspectives from general practice training" publish by 2020 Academic Post registrar Dr Isaac Tranter (available here)


RACGP awarded 20 academic posts to general practice registrars to undertake research and teaching during 2019. A list of successful applicants and their research projects can be accessed here: 2019 Academic Post Registrars and research questions (PDF 469 KB)

The RACGP Academic Post 2019 Cohort Guide provides comprehensive information for current and prospective academic registrars and their training providers.

RACGP Academic Post Cohort Guide 2019 (PDF 204 KB)

Scholarly articles published by 2019 Academic Registrars:

  • "Educator perceptions on teaching Indigenous health: Racism, privilege and self‐reflexivity" published by 2019 Academic Post Registrar Dr Alyssa Vass (available from Wiley)
  • "Trends in long-term opioid prescriptions for musculoskeletal conditions in Australian general practice: a national longitudinal study using Medicine Insight, 2012–2018" published by 2019 Academic Post Registrar Dr Sean Black-Tiong (available at BMJ)

Significant achievements:

  • Dr Adnan Alam was awarded the Australian Journal of Primary Health Best Oral Paper Prize for his paper entitled 'Advance care planning in dementia: A qualitative study of Australian general practitioners' at the AAAPC Annual Research Conference in August 2020.
  • Dr Rita McMorrow was awarded the Alan Chancellor Award – presented to a GP or general practice registrar considered to be the best first presenter of a research paper at the RACGP’s annual conference – GP19 in October 2019.
  • Dr Georgina Taylor was awarded the Ada Wilmadda Parry Aboriginal Health Scholarship – presented to the best project idea that focuses on improving cultural and linguistic understanding between indigenous patients and general practitioners to create positive health change in the Northern Territory.
  • Dr Sean Black-Tiong has been awarded the Motor Accident Insurance Commission (MAIC) / RACGP Foundation Research Grant.
  • Dr Katrina Giskes has been awarded the HCF Research Foundation / RACGP Foundation Research Grant.


RACGP awarded 18 academic posts to general practice registrars to undertake research and teaching during 2018. A list of successful applicants and their research projects can be accessed here: 2018 Academic Post Registrars and research questions (PDF 84 KB)

Scholarly articles published by 2018 Academic Registrars

  • "Patient chosen gap payments in primary care: Predictions of patient acceptability, uptake and willingness to pay from a discrete choice experiment" A paper written by 2018 Academic Post registrars Dr Daniel Epstein, that was published in Social Science and Medicine, available at ScienceDirect
  • "Diagnosing and providing initial management for patients with Gestational Diabetes: What is the General Practitioner's experience?" A paper written by 2018 Academic Post registrar Dr Alison Green, that was published in Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice, available at Science Direct.
  • "Patient-Chosen Gap Payment: an exploratory qualitative review of patients and general practitioner attitudes toward an alternative funding model for general practice." A paper written by 2018 Academic Post registrars Dr Daniel Epstein, that was published in Australian Journal of Primary Health, available at CSIRO Publishing.

Significant achievements:

  • Dr Pallavi Prathivadi was awarded the 2019 RACGP Victorian Registrar of the Year.
  • Dr Melinda Choy was awarded the RACGP Foundation/IPN Medical Centres Research Grant which supports GPs and general practice registrars to conduct medical research into primary healthcare and develop research career pathways. Titled, “eHealth and disadvantage: A mixed methods study exploring how patients with chronic disease experience eHealth”, Dr Choy’s project is an extension of the work she has been doing during her academic post at the Australian National University.
  • Dr Melinda Choy has also been awarded the RACGP Foundation Walpole Grieve Award (WGA).
  • Dr Roisin Bhamjee RACGP Foundation Charles Bridges-Webb Memorial Award.
  • Dr Daniel Epstein was awarded the 2018 RACGP Victorian Registrar of the Year.
  • Dr Rachel Turner was awarded the Dr Charlotte Hespe research award from GP Synergy for an outstanding academic project.
  • Dr Pallavi Prathivadi received the RACGP Foundation Charles Bridges Webb Memorial award and the Shepherd Foundation grant and is undertaking a PhD.


A list of projects undertaken by the 2017 Academic Registrars can be accessed here: 2017 Academic Post Registrars and research questions (PDF 351 KB)

Scholarly articles published by the 2017 Academic Registrars:

  • Junior doctors, burnout and wellbeing: Understanding the experience of burnout in general practice registrars and hospital equivalents
    A paper written by 2017 Academic Post registrar Dr Rebekah Hoffman, that was published in the Australian Journal of General Practice
  • “An online resource supporting refugee healthcare in Australian general practice: An exploratory study” Dr Timothy Wittick et al Australian Journal of General Practice. Volume 47, No. 11, November 2018.
  • “Definition of whole person care in general practice in the English language literature: a systematic review” Dr Hayley Thomas et al. published in BMJ Open, Volume 8, Issue 12, 2018.
  • “Mobile App Use by Primary Care Patients to Manage Their Depressive Symptoms: Qualitative Study” – Dr Alison Pung et al. Journal of Medical Internet Research 2018;20(9) :e10035.
  • “Socioeconomic status and time in glucose target range in people with type 2 diabetes: a baseline analysis of the GP-OSMOTIC study” - Dr Mei Lyn Tan et al. BMC Endocrine Disorders (2018) 18:47.
  • “General practice registrars' experiences of antenatal care: A cross-sectional analysis”. Dr Emma Pappalardo et al. Aust N Z J Obstet Gynaecol. 2019 Aug 19. doi: 10.1111/ajo.13042.

Significant achievements:

  • Dr Daniel Aranov presented at GP18 and won both the Allan Chancellor award and the Peter Mudge medal. His presentation was titled: “Social media video improves informed choice for breast cancer screening”


Read about the experience of past academic registrars who have featured in newsGP.

"New wave of GP-researchers set to tackle vital questions"

GPs in training across Australia are set to examine a variety of critical health issues and work to improve primary care for patients as part of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) 2021 Academic Post program.

“Working to further general practice research”

The RACGP Foundation has announced the recipients of its 2019 grants and awards. Congratulations to previous RACGP Academic Post registrars: Dr Sean Black-Tiong (2019), Dr Katrina Giskes (2019), Dr Melinda Choy (2018) and Dr Roisin Bhamjee (2018).

“Recognition of emerging research in general practice”

The RACGP Foundation recently honoured two of its outstanding researchers. Current Academic Post Registrar (2019) Dr Rita McMorrow was awarded the Alan Chancellor Award.

“RACGP awards: State winners announced”

Former Academic Post Registrar Dr Pallavi Prathivadi is awarded 2019 RACGP Victorian Registrar of the Year.

“A GP for every doctor”

Dr Rebekah Hoffman talks to newsGP about the importance of doctor self-care.

“Balancing academic, clinical and personal life”

With burnout among general practice registrars an all-too-common issue, Dr Bosco Wu focused his academic research on the risks in medical training.

“From general practice registrar to Clinical Dean: A career reflection”

Associate Professor Justin Tse reflects on how his academic post helped pave the way for a fulfilling career in medicine and academia.

“The birth of a career in general practice research”

Dr Jo-Anne Manski-Nankervis reflects on how her AGPT academic post led to a PhD and successful career in general practice research.

“E-chatting about digital health to vulnerable populations”

Dr Melinda Choy is hoping her research will make a difference.

“Finding your tribe as a GP and academic”

GP and researcher Dr Liz Sturgiss believes ‘there is still a lot we don’t understand about why general practice works so well’.

"Setting benchmarks for women’s health and general practice training"

General practice registrar Dr Rachel Turner has been recognised for her innovative research into women’s reproductive health.

"Academic posts: Opening doors for general practice registrars"

General practice registrar Dr Rebekah Hoffman talks to newsGP about her experiences undertaking an Australian General Practice Training academic post.

 


Contact us

Should you have further questions, please contact Georgia Franklin on 03 8699 0418 or email us gpedresearch@racgp.org.au