Diploma of Rural Generalist Anaesthesia


The RACGP is working with the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists (ANZCA) and the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM) in developing a Diploma of Rural Generalist Anaesthesia (DRGA).

The DRGA will facilitate:

  • consistency of anaesthetic training
  • access to established educational resources to supplement the clinical based training program
  • standardised examination process
  • linking ongoing CPD to the currency of the qualification.

DRGA updates

Updates on the progress of the Anaesthesia Diploma will be added to this webpage.

If you have any questions or comments on the DRGA, please email drga@anzca.edu.au or read the FAQs on the ANZCA website.

Rural patients to benefit from new diploma

We are pleased to announce a significant milestone in our commitment to the safety of our patients in rural Australia through the development of a Diploma of Rural Generalist Anaesthesia (DRGA).

The Diploma is a close collaboration between the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists (ANZCA), the Australian College for Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM) and the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) who recently signed a memorandum of understanding to develop the Diploma.

The three colleges have been working towards the development of the diploma for a number of years and significant work on the curriculum has already been completed by a working group of experts from the three colleges.

Recognising the critical role GPs with advanced training in anaesthesia play in many rural and remote communities where it is not possible to have specialist anaesthetists, the diploma will provide training to produce rural generalist anaesthesia graduates who can deliver safe anaesthesia and perioperative care in rural and remote settings.

The one-year diploma will commence in 2023 and will leverage off our three colleges’ longstanding advanced training program for rural GP anaesthetists overseen by the Joint Consultative Committee on Anaesthesia (JCCA).

A steering committee with representatives from each of our colleges, including a recent graduate and a community representative, will be established to oversee the development of the diploma and to address issues such as recognition of prior learning, supervision, hospital accreditation, and continuing professional development.

For more information please see our frequently asked questions that will be added to over time.

Please monitor your college publications for more information and send any queries to drga@anzca.edu.au.

Dr Vaness Beavis
President, ANZCA

Dr Karen Price
President, RACGP

Dr Sarah Chalmers
President, ACRRM

Download a copy of the Presidents announcement.


Ongoing management

The ongoing governance of the DRGA will be decided by all three Colleges (RACGP, ANZCA and ACRRM) and the RACGP will strongly advocate for the best outcomes for our members.

RACGP Representation

A Consultative Working Group (CWG) formed with members of all three Colleges is tasked with the development of the DRGA.