Planning your GP Career

Find out the pathways both colleges offer you on the AGPT program.

Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine

Training to become a GP with the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine offers a broad curriculum and the scope of practice is specifically designed to prepare you to practise competently and confidently in rural and remote medicine. As an ACRRM GP registrar, you will undertake a four-year program. The majority of your training will be in rural and remote settings and you will be able to complete your assessments in rural WA. On completion, you will receive a Fellowship of Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (FACRRM).

Core Clinical Training Time

The Core Clinical Training Time (CCT) is a 12-month term of hospital training which you are required to complete at the beginning of your training with WAGPET. During this term, you will complete the mandatory hospital terms you have not previously completed such as, anaesthetics, emergency medicine, obstetrics and gynaecology, general medicine, general surgery and paediatrics. You are required to have a hospital position lined up for your CCT time for the first year of the program.

Anaesthetics, obstetrics and gynaecology can be completed later in your training through approved individual learning plan options. Please see the ACRRM website for more details. They must be completed before completion of training.

Primary Rural and Remote Terms 1-4

Over two years, you will complete terms in rural and remote training facilities including a minimum of six months in a community general practice setting. These terms must also give you exposure to emergency care and in patient care in the rural and remote context. Refer to the ACRRM website for more details. All training facilities must be accredited by WAGPET and ACRRM prior to starting.

As a new WAGPET GP registrar, you will be required to have a hospital position lined up for when you start the program in January. Your position must be at a Postgraduate Medical Council of Western Australia (PMCWA) accredited hospital or equivalent in other parts of Australia. For more information, please refer to the Selection Policy in the WAGPET GP Registrar Policy Handbook.

Advanced Specialised Training

The Advanced Specialised Training (AST) term is 12 months of training within a specific discipline. Currently, GP registrars in WA undertaking their fellowship with ACRRM can choose a discipline for their AST. Visit the Advanced Specialised Training page for a list of available disciplines. Any training you undertake in this term must be at a training facility accredited by WAGPET and ACRRM prior to starting. This term can be undertaken following your CCT time and before commencing Primary Rural and Remote Terms (PRRT). It can also be undertaken following your PRRT.

If you find a suitable training facility where you would like to undertake your AST that is not already accredited and fulfils both ACRRM and WAGPET requirements, please speak with your program training advisor. The minimum time required to accredit a new practice is six months.

ACRRM requirements

ACRRM assessments

ACRRM training policies

Royal Australian College of General Practitioners

Undertaking GP training with RACGP equips you to competently deliver high-quality, unsupervised general practice care in any urban, regional, rural or remote general practice setting. If you are interested in rural general practice, you can complete advanced rural training through the Fellowship in Advanced Rural General Practice (FARGP). This fellowship involves an additional 12 months of training in addition to the three-year program required to receive the Fellowship of Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (FRACGP).

When applying for the AGPT program with RACGP, you can choose to train on the general or rural pathway. These pathways determine where you will train, not the content of your general practice training. Your choice in pathway does not restrict where you can work once you are a fellowed GP. Practitioners who have a moratorium will still have to abide by the moratorium restrictions.

The general pathway enables you to choose where you train across all urban, rural and remote areas. The rural pathway is for doctors who wish to undertake their training in regional, rural and remote areas. For more information, refer to Training Pathways in the AGPT Handbook.

Hospital Training Time

The Hospital Training Time (HTT) is a 12-month term of hospital training that you are required to complete at the beginning of your training with WAGPET. During this time, you will complete the mandatory hospital terms you have not previously completed such as, anaesthetics, emergency medicine, obstetrics and gynaecology, general medicine, general surgery and paediatrics. For more information about the paediatric term requirements, refer to the RACGP Paediatric Term Requirements Policy

As a new WAGPET GP registrar, you will be required to have a hospital position lined up for when you start the program in January. Your position must be at a Postgraduate Medical Council of Western Australia (PMCWA) accredited hospital or equivalent in other parts of Australia. For more information, please refer to the Selection Policy in the WAGPET GP Registrar Policy Handbook.

General Practice Terms 1-3

Over 18 months, you will complete GP terms (GPT) in three six-month terms. Any training facility you train at must be accredited by WAGPET and RACGP prior to starting.

Extended Skills

In addition to your 18 months of GP training, you are required to undertake six months of Extended Skills training. You can either choose to further develop your skills and knowledge in a general practice setting by doing a fourth semester of general practice or opt to work in a specialty area of particular interest to you (Non-GP Extended Skills). Any training facility where you undertake your Extended Skills term must be accredited by WAGPET and RACGP prior to starting. GP registrars on the rural pathway must complete this term in a rural location (RA2-5). Although Non-GP Extended Skills terms can be undertaken at any point during training, GP Extended Skills can only be undertaken after completing GPT 1-3.

Advanced Rural Skills Training

The Fellowship in Advanced Rural General Practice (FARGP) aims to develop additional skills for safe, accessible and comprehensive care for Australia’s rural and remote communities. Your Advanced Rural Skills Training (ARST) can be undertaken at any point during your training after you have completed your HTT. In this term, you must complete 12 months training in one or two disciplines, such as Aboriginal health, anaesthetics, child and adolescent health, emergency medicine, mental health, obstetrics, palliative care, Royal Flying Doctor Service, small town general practice and surgery.

Any training facility where you undertake your ARST term must be accredited by WAGPET and RACGP prior to starting. If you find a suitable facility that is not already accredited where you would like to undertake your ARST, please contact your WAGPET Program Training Advisor as soon as possible. We require six months’ notice to allow time for the accreditation process. For full details on enrolling in the FARGP, including essential curriculum information, visit the RACGP website.

RACGP training requirements and policies

RACGP assessment processes

RACGP registrar membership FAQs