Overview of the GP Training Program

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You have several options when choosing how to complete your training in general practice. Ultimately, you will need to register for assessment with either the RACGP or ACRRM.

What is Australian General Practice Training (AGPT)?

The Australian General Practice Training (AGPT) program is an Australian government-funded initiative that provides training for registrars towards fellowship and gaining specialist (general practitioner) registration.

The AGPT program, delivered through Registered Training Providers (RTP) across Australia, involves three to four years of full-time training in urban, regional and rural locations.

These training providers deliver training towards one of the following two goals recognised by Medicare Australia:

  • Fellowship to the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (FRACGP)
  • Fellowship to the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (FACRRM)

Read more about this program at the GPTQ website.

What is Remote Vocational Training Scheme (RVTS)?

RVTS is a vocational training program available to doctors in remote or rural areas of Australia. It is designed to ensure that these doctors can continue to work in their communities while receiving the necessary training towards becoming a GP. This program has two pathways:

  • For doctors working in remote and rural Australia
  • For doctors working in Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services (ACCHS), health services controlled by and servicing Aboriginal communities

Both of these pathways train towards either:

  • Fellowship of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (FRACGP), or
  • Fellowship of the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (FACRRM)

What are the independent pathways to becoming a GP?

Both RACGP and ACRRM have pathways to becoming a GP external to the AGPT and RVTS models of qualification.

At ACRRM, there is an option to complete training through the college itself rather than through an external training provider. This option is available to experienced doctors only. More details are available from ACRRM.

The RACGP offers a General Practice Experience (Practice Eligible) pathway for doctors who have worked for some time in general practice already. Again, this removes the need for an external training provider as it recognises work experience in lieu of training. More details are available on the RACGP website.

How do I choose a training provider for general practice?

Choose a Regional Training Provider (RTP) that can provide you with the best-quality general-practice training. It’s important to bear in mind what you want to get out of your training. Make sure you also consider the following factors:

  • Reputation: Does the RTP have positive student testimonials? Do you know anyone who has studied with them, and if so, do they have good things to say? Take a look online to see what people are saying in forums and on blogs.
  • Location: Is it convenient for your current situation and/or your planned practising location? If you are planning a rural move, will your RTP help you with this?
  • Innovation: AGPT is standardised, so the content will be the same across Australia, but the delivery and the trainers and supervisors need to be dynamic and engaging. Ask the RTP how they achieve this. Read through the various syllabi and see which one piques your interest.