Fellowship in Advanced Rural General Practice (FARGP)

The FARGP builds on your completion of the Fellowship of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (FRACGP). The FARGP is offered by the National Rural Faculty (NRF) on behalf of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP), and recognises advanced rural skills and additional training that may be undertaken by GPs in preparation for practice in rural and remote Australia. Working toward this qualification requires undertaking 12 months (or part-time equivalent) of skills training.  

To be eligible to apply for the FARGP qualification, you must have completed 12 months training in general practice terms in a rural setting.

In addition, you must complete the following:

  • Identification of learning needs and the development of a learning plan
  • 12 months training in an accredited Advanced Rural Skills Post
  • Core modules: "Working in Rural General Practice" and "Emergency Medicine"
  • 160 hours of Elective Educational Activities (e.g. workshops, clinical audit, online learning activities)
  • Completion of an approved emergency medicine course
  • Regular consultation with a WAGPET Training  

Advanced Rural Skills Training (ARST)

Advanced Rural Skills Training is designed to reflect the scope of clinical practice required for credentialing and privileging to work in rural hospitals. It provides opportunities to develop more specialised and broader range of knowledge and skills.

Advanced Rural Skills Training posts are available in the following:

  • Anaesthetics
  • Obstetrics
  • Surgery
  • Aboriginal Health
  • Mental Health
  • Paediatrics
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Adult Internal Medicine
  • Small Town General Practice
  • Individually designed program, e.g. Palliative care, Musculoskeletal/sports medicine. Individual ARSTs must be approved by the National Rural Faculty.
Please click here to to view the Curriculum Statements.

Application for the FARGP involves submission and completion of the modules listed above.  We will then submit a Completion of Training form to the RACGP Rural Censor to support your application for this Fellowship award.

Note: In some cases, Advanced Rural Skills Training can be undertaken before commencing GP training terms for the FRACGP (e.g. obstetrics and anaesthetics), however to be awarded the FARGP you must have sat and passed the FRACGP exams and complete the necessary training requirements for the FRACGP.

Disclaimer: The information in this section is current at the time of publishing and is subject to change. Please contact the National Rural Faculty and/or RACGP to confirm details.

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