Managed by each relevant state Department of Health (DOH). Includes fellowship from RACGP or ACRRM.
Rural general practitioners provide comprehensive and continuing medical and health care to individuals, families and the broader community in a rural and/or remote setting. Rural generalists undertake a GP fellowship as part of their training program.
Applicants need to:
- have an MBBS or equivalent from an accredited Australian university and be in the final year at the time of application
- possess or be eligible upon graduation for provisional medical registration with the Medical Board of Australia
- hold Australian/New Zealand citizenship or Australian permanent residency
- demonstrate a commitment to rural practice and rural communities.
Please refer to the respective state Department of Health rural generalist pathway webpages for more information.
Training endpoints can include FACRRM (Fellowship of the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine), or FRACGP (Fellowship of The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners) plus FARGP (Fellowship in Advanced Rural General Practice). These can be achieved through the Australian General Practice Training (AGPT) program or through the Remote Vocational Training Scheme (RVTS).
Application processes vary from state to state and may include a written submission and interview. Please refer to the respective state Department of Health rural generalist pathway webpages for more information.
Dependent on stage of completion. See respective websites.
Training includes 1 year of prevocational training, 1–2 years of advanced skills training. and 2 years of vocational training.
Fellowship training requirements:
ACRRM Trainees complete 12 months' core clinical training in an accredited hospital, 24 months' primary rural and remote training terms and 12 months' advanced specialist training.
RACGP Trainees complete 12 months' hospital training in an accredited hospital, 18 months' GP terms (with rural and remote requirements) and 6 months of extended skills. Those pursuing FARGP would need to complete an additional 12 months' advanced rural skills training.
Application dates for the rural generalist campaign vary between states. Please refer to the respective state Department of Health rural generalist program webpages for more information.
Applications for ACRRM membership close in January and July, while those for RACGP are ongoing. See Rural Generalist Program Information.
Applications to the AGPT program typically open mid-April and close mid-May. Please refer to the AGPT website for key dates.
Applications for RVTS typically open first week June and close by end of the month.