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Chapter 6: The future of the general practice workforce

6.5 General practice trainee demographics

AGPT Program and PEP participants are training in every Australian state and territory (Figure 66). There were more than 5500 GPs in pre-Fellowship training in 2019 (Figure 67).

Figure 66. Distribution of AGPT and PEP trainees*

Distribution of AGPT and PEP trainees

*Data representing less than 5% is not labelled
Measure: AGPT and PEP trainees by state, 2019
Data sources: Internal RACGP data (unpublished).
Department of Health. Health Workforce Division. Unpublished data provided to the RACGP July 2020.

Figure 67. Number of pre-Fellowship trainees

Number of pre-Fellowship trainees

*Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine  (ACRRM) Independent Pathway training data for 2019 was not available at the time of print.
Measure: Number of vocational training registrars in AGPT (formerly General Practice Education and Training) Program, Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine Independent Pathway, and the Remote Vocational Training Scheme, by year
Data sources: Department of Health. Medical Training Review Panel 19th report. Canberra: DoH, 2016.
Department of Health. Health Workforce Division. Unpublished data provided to the RACGP July 2020.
Internal RACGP data (unpublished).

As with previous years, there are more female AGPT trainees (61%) than male trainees (39%).59 The number of registrars achieving FRACGP is increasing each year, and there are consistently more female general practice registrars attaining FRACGP than their male counterparts (Figure 68).

In 2019, 46 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander doctors graduated from medical programs in Australia. In Australian medical schools in 2020, there were 404 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students, representing 2.7% of total domestic students. This has increased from 265 in 2014 (1.8% of total domestic students). In 2020, 121 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students started studying medicine, which is a 55% increase over the past three years.60

As discussed in section 2.2.5, general practice is the preferred specialty for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander medical graduates. In 2019, there were 69 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the AGPT Program.59  

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the Australian General Practice Training Program 59
48 females
21 males

Figure 68. AGPT Program trainees gaining Fellowship are more frequently female

Measure: Number of trainees obtaining FRACGP, by year and registrar gender
Source: Internal RACGP data (unpublished).

  • 59. Department of Health. Health Workforce. Unpublished data provided to the RACGP July 2020. 
  • 60. Medical Deans Australia and New Zealand. Student statistics report 2019–2020. Sydney, Medical Deans, 2020.

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