Australian General Practice Training

The Australian General Practice Training (AGPT) program provides training and education to prepare doctors to become vocational GPs.

Australian General Practice Training

The Australian General Practice Training (AGPT) program is a postgraduate vocational training program for medical graduates wishing to pursue a career in general practice. Through WAGPET, doctors undertake the AGPT and are prepared to sit Fellowship exams with the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM) and/or the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) to gain specialist registration as a general practitioner.

WAGPET delivers the AGPT program in Western Australia and offers registrars the opportunity to complete training at quality-accredited training facilities across WA.

Offered as a three or four-year program, it is designed to reflect the flexibility and variety a career in general practice offers. The AGPT program allows registrars to tailor their training to build the best foundations for their future.

How do I apply?

Applications for the 2018 AGPT program are now closed.

Applications are made through the College(s) that you wish to achieve fellowship with.

Before applying, applicants need to ensure they are eligible for the AGPT program - please refer to the AGPT program eligibility guide for more information.

If you would like to receive updates on the 2019 AGPT selection process for WA, please email gpcareers@wagpet.com.au.

Am I eligible?

You can apply to the AGPT program in your intern year (PGY1), or at any time after this. To be eligible, you must:

  • have general registration with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA), or be eligible to be granted it by the time you are due to commence the training program, and
  • be an Australian or New Zealand citizen/permanent resident, or be granted your permanent residency by close of applications.

To assess your eligibility to join the AGPT program, check the Eligibility Guide available on the AGPT website. The AGPT program welcomes applicants who trained overseas, or were born overseas and trained at an Australian medical school. You will need to check if you are subject to Section 19AB of the Health Insurance Act 1973.

Please note: WAGPET is unable to provide a letter of support to Australian-trained 457 visa holders. For more information about 457 visa holder eligibility requirements, visit the AGPT website.

General / rural pathways

When you apply for a place on the AGPT program, you must decide to apply for a place on either the general pathway or the rural pathway. Both pathways have set training location obligations as specified in the AGPT Training Obligations Policy.

The pathway you choose as a GP registrar does not impact on where you can later work as a qualified GP, but will determine the nature of the experiences you receive whilst training.

Prerequisites for training

Prior to commencing your General Practice Term/Primary Rural and Remote Training (GPT/PRRT) within the program, there are certain hospital rotations you are required to complete. These rotations are:

  • general medicine
  • general surgery
  • emergency medicine
  • paediatrics.

These mandatory hospital rotations do not have to be completed before application and entry into the AGPT program. In addition, there are certain rotations required by the colleges as part of the college fellowship requirements.

ACRRM’s hospital experience requirements

RACGP’s hospital experience requirements

Recognition of prior learning

If you are post graduate year (PGY2) or above when you apply for the program, you may be eligible for recognition of prior learning (RPL).

Once you have been offered a place on the AGPT program, you will need to submit your Training Plan. WAGPET will assess your plan for eligibility for RPL and whether you are 'GP ready'.

RPL is an acknowledgment of the professional skills and knowledge already attained, enabling you to reduce your time on the training program. Applications for RPL are processed by WAGPET medical educators and then forwarded for approval by the relevant college. Please refer to the Recognition of Prior Learning Policy in the WAGPET GP Registrar Policy Handbook for more information.

FACRRM

If you are training towards FACRRM, you may submit RPL for your Core Clinical Training (CCT), Primary Rural and Remote Terms (PRRT) or Advanced Specialised Training (AST) time. You must discuss the amount of time you wish to apply for RPL with your WAGPET Program Training Advisor (PTA) as you need to be sure that you have adequate time remaining in the training program to complete your college assessments and WAGPET's training and educational requirements. You cannot receive RPL for your intern year.

FRACGP

If you are training towards FRACGP and are PGY2 and above, up to one year of your earlier work experience in the Australian hospital environment, post general registration, may be recognised as your Hospital Training Time (HTT) and/or Extended Skills (ES) requirements. The maximum amount of time that you can claim for RPL with the RACGP is 12 months. General practice terms are not eligible for RPL.

If you intend to apply for recognition of prior learning (RPL) for hospital time, you must still ensure you have a hospital position lined up for your first training term on the program as we are unable to guarantee you a GP placement. Please refer to the Recognition of Prior Learning Policy in the WAGPET GP Registrar Policy Handbook.

If you plan to apply for recognition of prior learning (RPL), you will need to submit your draft ACRRM RPL form or RACGP RPL form when you accept your place on the AGPT with WAGPET. 

Support

Program Training Advisors and Regional Medical Educators

Throughout the AGPT program, a GP registrar has access to dedicated support. Their single point of contact is their Program Training Advisor, who will assist them in meeting AGPT requirements. They will also have a Regional Medical Educator who will assist them with their learning and assessments to ensure they meet the clinical requirements of the training. If a GP registrar moves to a different region, their Program Training Advisor and Regional Medical Educator will change as they are attached to a specific region.

Training Facilities

WAGPET offers you choice in where you will train, as well as the opportunity to sample different settings over your time in the program. All training facilities are accredited by the colleges and recognised for the quality training experiences they offer.

Supervision

Across your General Practice Term/Primary Rural and Remote Training (GPT/PRRT), you will have a dedicated GP supervisor. All GP supervisors meet the relevant college requirements for quality supervision and training. As you progress in the program, the level of supervision you require will reduce.

Part-time training and leave entitlements

Part-time training

GP registrars are required to complete their GP365 education in the first 12 months regardless of whether they are working full or part-time. This is to ensure all GP registrars in the first 12 months have the equivalent levels of education to support safe quality practice.

Please be aware that all applicants are accepted in to the program on a full-time basis and will need to apply to become part-time.

Leave entitlements

Refer to the AGPT Program Leave Policy.

Colleges and Program Structure

To gain specialist registration as a general practitioner in Australia, you need to obtain Fellowship with either the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (FACRRM) and/or the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (FRACGP). The AGPT program has been developed to meet the training and education outcomes set by the Colleges.

The FRACGP is a three-year program, with the option to study an additional year to gain Fellowship in Advanced Rural General Practice (FARGP).

The FACRRM is a four-year program, specifically designed for those who are committed to practising rurally.

Deciding which fellowship to undertake is a personal decision. The Department of Health recommends that doctors who consider applying for the AGPT program contact both colleges, as well as the regional training organisation in their preferred training region, to discuss options and determine the best fit for their career.

When you apply for a place on the AGPT program, you must decide to apply for a place on either the general pathway or the rural pathway. Both pathways have set training location obligations as specified in the AGPT Training Obligations Policy.

The pathway you choose as a registrar does not impact on where you can later work as a qualified GP, but will determine the nature of the experiences you receive whilst training.

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"It is the best training program that I have ever experienced."

“It has been a great experience and journey during my training with WAGPET. I joined in January 2013 as a WAGPET GP registrar and I will say it is the best training program that I have ever experienced.

"The College and WAGPET have been very supportive. It is a very structured training program. The various practices that I have worked have been fantastic and you also have various teaching sessions outside of the practice including a day of regional training each month in addition to workshops at WAGPET.”

Dr Michael Kurian, GP registrar 2013-2015

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