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FARGP Community Project now optional


FARGP Community Project now optional

21 May 2020

The RACGP is committed to rural, regional and remote general practice, including training the next generation of rural GPs.

The Fellowship in Advanced Rural General Practice (FARGP) is a qualification awarded by the RACGP in addition to the vocational Fellowship (FRACGP) in recognition of additional skills training undertaken to develop advanced skills to meet the health needs of rural and remote communities.

Our work on developing a robust, flexible Rural Generalist Fellowship continues to strengthen RACGP’s rural training options, with a view to officially launch it once the pathway is accredited. As part of this transition, the FARGP requirements are being reviewed and updated and we’ve listened to feedback from FARGP candidates, Training Organisations and stakeholders on the requirement to complete a rural general practice community-focused project (community project).

Effective immediately, the community project is now an optional activity that can be completed as part of the FARGP, it is no longer a requirement. However, candidates completing their Advanced Rural Skills Training (ARST) in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health will still need to complete a community project as a requirement of the ARST curriculum, unless an exemption is approved.

The Community Project is a quality improvement activity undertaken within a rural general practice over 6-12 months to improve the quality of healthcare delivered. It is designed to provide candidates with an opportunity to develop skills to meet the needs of their community by engaging in community consultation and developing, implementing and evaluating a program that seeks to improve community health outcomes.

The FARGP offers pathways for GPs in training and experienced practising GPs. Requirements now include the completion of:

  • the FARGP learning plan and reflection activity
  • 12 months in a rural general practice setting (MMM 3-7)
  • 12 months of Advanced Rural Skills Training (ARST) in an accredited training post
  • FARGP emergency medicine activities, including satisfactory completion of two advanced emergency skills courses.

These requirements recognise the additional skills required by rural generalists in providing safe, accessible and comprehensive care for Australia’s rural and remote communities.

Find out more about FARGP pathways

Need further information?

Read the FAQs below or contact RACGP Rural by emailing rural@racgp.org.au or calling 1800 636 764.

Frequently asked questions


The FARGP curricula and requirements are being reviewed and updated as part of the development of a standalone Rural Generalist Fellowship, to strengthen RACGP’s rural pathways. As part of the transition process, the Community Project will become an optional activity for FARGP candidates, apart from those completing their Advanced Rural Skills Training (ARST) in Aboriginal Torres Strait Islander Health who will still need to complete a Community Project as a requirement of the curriculum, unless an exemption is approved.

This decision has also been made based on consultation and feedback received from FARGP candidates, Training Organisations and stakeholders on the Community Project requirement.


If you are completing your Advanced Rural Skills Training (ARST) in Aboriginal Torres Strait Islander Health, a Community Project is one of the curriculum requirements for this ARST and you will need to complete it as part of your FARGP qualification.

Exemptions continue to be available for those who able to demonstrate they have fulfilled the exemption criteria, subject to the approval of the RACGP Rural Censor. The exemption criteria have not changed and are outlined on the exemption form available on the RACGP website.


Completed over 6-12 months during your time in a rural community as part of the FARGP, the community project is an optional quality assurance activity which provides a valuable opportunity to get to know the community and improve health outcomes. It includes a quality improvement activity undertaken within a general practice with the primary purpose to monitor, evaluate or improve the quality of healthcare delivered by the practice.


The Community Project is optional so you are no longer required to complete it. However, completing it provides a valuable opportunity to engage with your community, improve health outcomes and develop skills that will equip you to meet the needs of your community, both in the short-term and onwards throughout your career.

Additionally, if you have already engaged members of your community and your practice, you’ll also need to consider their expectations and the importance of following through on commitments made to the community. You may also need to consider ethics or research requirements depending on the topic chosen.

We recommend that you consider the benefits of completing the project and its potential to improve the quality of healthcare delivered in your practice and rural or remote community.

Furthermore, RACGP Rural will continue to offer an annual award for the FARGP Community Project of the Year to a FARGP recipient that completed an innovative project which directly contributed to healthcare improvement in a rural or remote general practice, and positively impacted the town’s community. By completing your Community Project you will be considered for this award


If you have just completed or are about to complete your FARGP Community Project, we encourage you to complete it and submit it as part of your FARGP.

Completing the Community Project is a valuable learning experience and will have extended your skills and potentially improved the quality of healthcare delivered in your practice and rural or remote community.

Additionally, RACGP Rural will continue to offer an annual award for the FARGP Community Project of the Year to a FARGP recipient that completed an innovative project which directly contributed to healthcare improvement in a rural or remote general practice, and positively impacted the town’s community. By completing your Community Project you will be considered for this award.


The FARGP Community Project provides a valuable opportunity to get to know your rural and remote community, improve health outcomes and develop skills that will equip you to meet the needs of your community, both in the short-term and onwards throughout your career.

The quality improvement activity you choose to undertake in your general practice will assist in monitoring, evaluating or improving the quality of healthcare delivered by the practice and can make a real difference to the healthcare outcomes for your rural or remote community.

Additionally, RACGP Rural will continue to offer an annual award for the FARGP Community Project of the Year to a FARGP recipient that completed an innovative project which directly contributed to healthcare improvement in a rural or remote general practice, and positively impacted the town’s community. By completing your Community Project you will be considered for this award.

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Further questions?

If you would like additional information, please contact RACGP Rural by emailing rural@racgp.org.au or call 1800 636 764.