Flexible Training

The Australian General Practice Training (AGPT) program allows you some flexibility in how you choose to train. The following options are covered here:

  1. Recognition of Prior Learning
  2. Full-time and Part-time training
  3. Leave

1. Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

Both the Royal Australian College of General Practioners (RACGP) and the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM) recognise that you may have prior learning and experience that you wish to be counted towards meeting AGPT as training time. You can apply for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for up to maximum of 52 weeks of training time. This could be the complete 52 weeks of hospital time, or a combination of Hospital and Extended Skills (hospital or community placements only) time undertaken before joining the AGPT. 

In addition to the above, under some circumstances RACGP and ACRRM will consider RPL applications for Advanced Rural Skills Training completed prior to joining the AGPT.  Talk to Training Advisor early in your training to see if this may apply to you.

What you need to do:
Demonstrate satisfactory performance throughout the relevant time.

  • Discuss your proposed RPL with your Training Advisor prior to applying.
  • Complete an application for Recognition of Prior Learning before the end of your first year of general practice terms and attach the required documentation for approval by the RACGP and/or ACRRM.
  • Download the RPL application form

2. Full-time and Part-time Training

If you are undertaking non-general practice placements, i.e. hospital or community placements, you are required to work a minimum of 38 hours a week to meet full-time training requirements.
In general practice placements, to meet full-time requirements, you must work a minimum of 38 hours a week.

This includes administration and Regional Training Provider (RTP) education release time. Of the 38 hours, least 28 hours must be clinical consulting time. Clinical time means time available to consult with patients in the GP setting, hospital setting and includes obstetric delivery times. If you choose to work more than 38 hours per week, the maximum time that can be counted toward the training program is 1.0 FTE, that is, your training time is not reduce if you work over 38 hours per week. The minimum acceptable hours that you need to work, to count towards the AGPT is 10.5 hours (or 3 x 5.3 clinical sessions).

WAGPET recognises that you may wish to undertake part-time training on the AGPT program.  For GPT 1 and GPT 2 terms, if you are working from 10.5 hours up to 27 hours the minimum acceptable part-time training will be regarded as 0.5 FTE. In your GPT 3 or GPT 4 terms you can apply to accelerate your training time. Please talk to your Training Advisor and read the Part-Time Training Policy.

What you need to do:


3. Taking Leave from the Program

All leave from the AGPT must be applied for in advance, in writing. Leave applications are reviewed and approved by your Training Advisor.

Annual Leave - Hospital Placements

During a hospital placement, you will be employed under the award arrangements of that hospital therefore you need to discuss taking leave with your employer. You should also let your WAGPET Training Advisor know if you are taking leave so that meetings can be arranged around your leave times.

Annual Leave - General Practice Placements

During your first year of General Practice placements, you will be entitled to four weeks of annual leave per year, typically taken as two weeks each six months, especially when you have a change of employer each 6 month term. You can opt not to take your entitlement, and this must be negotiated between you and your employer.

Parental/Maternity Leave

You are entitled to up to 12 months unpaid leave as the primary carer of a newborn infant.

Personal / Elective Leave

In addition to statutory leave, the GP Training Program allows you to take up to two years general leave from the program.

Discuss all changes to your training time with your Training Advisor.
 


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