ARST information – from 2022

Additional Rural Skills Training requirements

The Rural Generalist (RG) Fellowship is a qualification awarded by the RACGP in addition to the vocational Fellowship (FRACGP). Completion of a minimum 12 months of Additional Rural Skills Training (ARST) in an accredited training post is an essential component of training towards the RG Fellowship.

This additional training is designed to strengthen your core general practice training by providing an opportunity for rural GPs to develop additional skills and expertise in a particular area and enhance their capability to provide secondary-level care to their community.


Each curriculum sets out the competencies that GPs in training are required to develop to complete their ARST. It also provides a framework for the teaching and learning of the critical knowledge, skills and attitudes that rural GPs require to effectively deliver appropriate inpatient and outpatient in rural and remote communities, where specialist support is often limited.

These curriculums are effective for all Australian General Practice Training (AGPT) and Remote Vocational Training Scheme (RVTS) candidates training from 2022 onwards. Current candidates (except for Anaesthesia candidates) who started training before 2022 who have not yet commenced their ARST can choose to undertake these curriculums, or the old curriculums.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health ARST Curriculum

Adult Internal Medicine

Adult Internal Medicine ARST Curriculum


Diploma of Rural Generalist Anaesthesia
DRGA information

Child Health

Child Health ARST Curriculum

Palliative Care

Palliative Care Curriculum

Mental Health

Mental Health ARST Curriculum


DRANZCOG Curriculum

To complete ARST in Obstetrics, candidates will need to fulfil the requirements of the DRANZCOG Advanced Curriculum


Surgery ARST Curriculum

Emergency Medicine

Emergency Medicine ARST Curriculum

The RACGP is working with the Australasian College of Emergency Medicine (ACEM) to develop the Advanced Diploma of Rural Emergency Medicine (ADREM) which will become the Additional Rural Skills Training (ARST) in emergency medicine for the RACGP Rural Generalist Fellowship. Those commencing their Emergency Medicine ARST in 2023 will still enrol in the existing ACEM Emergency Medicine Advanced Diploma (EMAD).

Academic Post

RACGP Academic Post Program

RG Fellowship candidates are given a maximum timeframe of four years (FTE) to complete the RG Fellowship requirements

To assist GPs in training with completing the requirements during their GP training, a further 12 months (FTE) from the RACGP Fellow date to complete the non-clinical requirements as a GP in training is permitted. After this time registrars will be withdrawn from the RG Fellowship and will need to re-enrol in the practising GP pathway.

A RG Fellowship candidate will be withdrawn from RACGP Rural should they fail to complete:

The RACGP Rural team collaborates with general practitioners to ensure education programs are designed and delivered by GPs and reflect the challenges of working in rural Australia.

Feedback from GPs enrolled in the program, or from GPs interested in taking part, is always welcome. Feedback can be sent to the RACGP Rural Manager via

Members or stakeholders wishing to raise opportunities or issues with the Rural Education Committee can address their feedback to Rural Education Committee Chair and send it to

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For further details please contact the Rural team on:
1800 636 764