Overview of GP Training
GP Registrars enrolled in the Australian General Practice Training (AGPT) program can choose to train toward Fellowship of the Royal Australian College of General Practice (FRACGP), Fellowship of Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (FACRRM), Fellowship in Advanced Rural General Practice (FARGP) offered by the RACGP, or a combination of these.
Training toward the
FRACGP generally takes three years and comprises the
Year 1: post-intern hospital year*
Year 2: supervised general practice training terms
Year 3: additional general practice experience
enrolled in the AGPT and working towards completion of the FACRRM
normally undertake a four-year program which includes a year of
specialised training to prepare for rural general practice. The program
One year core clinical hospital training*
Two years primary rural and remote training
One year of rural specialised training
* Whether enrolled in the FACRRM or the FRACGP, GP Registrars who have completed additional hospital time beyond the intern year when entering the AGPT can apply to have this experience counted towards their GP training time, known as Recognition of Prior Learning. Training time can be reduced by up to 12 months.
GP Registrars working
toward this qualification undertake a year of procedural skills training
in addition to their FRACGP requirements.
FRACGP and FARGP candidates can undertake the RACGP Fellowship exam once they have completed their year of supervised general practice training terms.
Advanced Rural Skills
WAGPET provides Advanced Rural
Skills Training posts for GP Registrars interested in preparing for
rural general practice. Procedural training opportunities are available
in Anaesthetics, Obstetrics, Emergency Medicine and Surgery.
Advanced rural skills training is also available in Aboriginal Health
and palliative care.
GP Registrars working towards the FACRRM or the FARGP follow a set training program which includes 12 months of specialised rural training, completion of emergency courses (such as EMST or APLS), a training log and specific modules set by the Colleges. These Registrars are supported by WAGPET’s College Advisor, an experienced Medical Educator who can offer advice on courses and training requirements to GP Registrars in rural training programs.
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