Placement and Training Locations

Can I choose my placement?

Through GPEx’s consultative placement process, you can nominate your preferred training region/s. Taking into account your preferences, we match you to a training practice that will provide the best learning experience based on your training needs and program obligations. The extensive placement process takes three to four months to complete and commences before each training semester.

What are the locations for rural placements?

GPEx works with accredited practices across eight rural training regions in South Australia – the Barossa, Eyre Peninsula, Fleurieu Peninsula, Flinders & Mid North, Hills and Mallee, Riverland, South East, and the Yorke Peninsula.

GPEx training locations are categorised by the Department of Health’s Modified Monash Model (MMM), which defines whether a location is considered city, rural, remote or very remote. This classification measures remoteness and population size on a scale of categories from MM1 to MM7, where MM1 is a major city, and MM7 is very remote. Rural Pathway registrars must complete their community GP training in locations that are MMM2-7.

To find out where you can train in South Australia, and to view all of our accredited practices, visit GPEx Connect.

Can I stay in the same location for the whole training period?

Registrars training towards the FACRRM can stay in the same location throughout their community GP training. Registrars training towards the FRACGP are required to experience practice diversity by training in at least two different practices throughout their community GP training.

Can I transfer to another region during training?

Yes.

Pay

What will my salary be?

Accreditation requirements for all training practices ensure that the terms and conditions in registrar employment agreements, including salary, must not be less than the National Terms and Conditions for the Employment of Registrars (NTCER) minimum. Information about the NTCER can be accessed here. Additional financial incentives from GPEx and other organisations are also available to registrars on the Rural and General Pathway who choose to train in rural and/or remote locations.

Working Arrangements

Can I work part-time?

GP training is flexible, and you can elect to work either full-time or part-time in your training practice depending on your personal needs. However, regardless of the hours you work, your educational requirements remain the same, and you will still be required to participate in all components of training.

Can I do two hospital years once I am in the program?

Both the ACRRM and RACGP curriculum allow for one year of hospital training, which is completed at the start of your GP training. If you want to further develop your hospital skills, enhanced training (Advanced Specialised Training, Advanced Rural Skills Training and Extended Skills) allows you to extend your time in a hospital setting, by specialising in certain disciplines for six months (ES) or 12-24 months (AST/ARST).

Can I locum part-time?

GPEx recommends that GP training is your main focus, and that you do not undertake any other roles that may impact your training. This will ensure that you complete GP training successfully as quickly as possible. If you are considering another role, please advise your Program Coordinator.

Can I defer/take a year off for a year once in training, including for maternity leave?

The GP training program allows for normal employment-related leave, such as personal leave and maternity leave. However, you are unable to defer. Within the training time cap allocated to you, you do have the option to take an initial six months off as discretionary leave, with a further six months possibly approved in certain circumstances. This will impact on your training progress and you should meet with your Program Coordinator and Medical Educator to discuss first. You cannot commence training on discretionary leave.

Does annual leave accumulate?

Registrar employment conditions are outlined in the National Terms and Conditions for the Employment of Registrars. As each placement is for six months, you receive two weeks of annual leave per semester. This does not accrue. However, if you are placed at a practice for longer than six months, you may be able to negotiate with that practice to have your leave accumulate and use it across the time you are there.

How many sick days do I have per semester?

Please refer to the National Terms and Conditions for the Employment of Registrars for registrar employment conditions.

Training

Am I eligible for the AGPT Program?

To find out if you are eligible for the AGPT Program, please review the ACRRM and RACGP Eligibility Guidelines.

If you are a foreign graduate of an Accredited Medical School (FGAMS), hold a 457, 482, 485, 491, 494 or 820 visa, and meet certain requirements, you may be eligible to apply to the AGPT Program and train with GPEx.

For more information about eligibility for visa holders, please click here or contact the GPEx Selections Team.

How long is training?

ACRRM’s General Practice Training Program is a four-year program that results in a Fellowship of the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (FACRRM). The RACGP’s General Practice Training Program is a three-year program that results in a Fellowship of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners, with the option of undertaking an additional year of training to also obtain a Fellowship in Advanced Rural General Practice (FARGP) and/or Rural Generalist qualifications (FARGP + RG).

Are there ways to reduce my training time?

Your training time can be reduced if you are eligible for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). Please refer to the RPL FAQs section for more information.

What PD do I get during training?

GPEx offers registrars professional development opportunities throughout training, including an Aboriginal Health and Culture workshop and Wellbeing workshop.

What exam support is offered?

GPEx offers registrars Exam and Assessment Preparation Workshops, webinars, and a specific exam preparation resource, GPEx Exams Collective.

What teaching opportunities are available?

GPEx provides opportunities for the vertical integration of medical education and training. GP registrars are encouraged to accept the placement of medical students in their training posts, and become involved in undergraduate medical tutoring and assessment processes.

What research opportunities are available?

Registrars interested in research should apply to do an Academic Practice post as part of their AST/ARST or Extended Skills training. These posts provide registrars with exposure to research and teaching in an academic environment, and help registrars build their skills in critical thinking.

Will I be supported in rural practice?

All registrars – regardless of where they train – are well-supported. Each registrar has a Supervisor, who offers one-on-one teaching, supervision, support, feedback, and advice, and a Medical Educator, who educates and trains registrars. Supervisors and registrars also have dedicated in-practice teaching time each week.

In addition to a Supervisor and Medical Educator, GPEx registrars are also directly linked to a Program Coordinator and Education Support Officer, who provide personalised training advice, planning, and support.

When should I sit exams?

ACRRM assessments are formative and are spread throughout training. The RACGP requires you to sit three exams throughout your training. The Applied Knowledge Test (AKT) and Key Feature Problems (KFP) must be successfully completed prior to attempting the Clinical Competence Exam. You are eligible to sit the AKT and KFP at the end of 104 weeks of training, inclusive of your GPT2 term. Your GPEx Medical Educator and Program Coordinator will work with you to determine when to sit exams in accordance with your training plan.

College

Which college should I choose?

The Australian General Practice Training (AGPT) Program is delivered by Regional Training Organisations (RTOs) such as GPEx, according to the curricula set by the two specialty General Practice colleges in Australia:

To become a GP in Australia through the AGPT Program, you can either train:

  • mainly in a rural or regional area on the Rural or RG Pathway with ACRRM and/or the RACGP; or
  • mainly in the metropolitan area on the General Pathway with the RACGP.

ACRRM’s General Practice Training Program is a four-year Government-funded program that results in the Fellowship of the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (FACRRM). All registrars training towards FACRRM are automatically training on the Rural Generalist Pathway.

The RACGP’s General Practice Training Program is a three-year Government-funded program that results in the Fellowship of the Royal Australian College of General Practice (FRACGP), with the option of undertaking an additional year of training to obtain a Fellowship in Advanced Rural General Practice (FARGP) and/or Rural Generalist qualifications (FARGP + RG).

The RACGP gives registrars the option to train on either the General, Rural, or Rural Generalist Pathway in metropolitan, rural and/or remote regions.

Applications Process

How many intakes are there?

The colleges have two intakes for the AGPT program – one at the start of the year, and one in the middle of the year. These dates vary each year, and may vary between the colleges themselves. To find out dates for the RACGP intakes, please click here. To find out dates for the ACRRM intakes, please click here.

Do you have any resources to help prepare for the CAAKT?

The RACGP provides resources to help you prepare for the CAAKT, including webinars and sample questions. For more information, please click here.

What is the interview format?

The interview format is designed to assess your suitability to become a GP, and differs between the two colleges.

Candidates applying to the RACGP will have their interview conducted by a panel of two GPEx representatives. This interview consists of five RACGP questions, and up to an additional three questions specific to GPEx. The exact format will be conveyed to each candidate prior to the interview. Candidates who are unable to attend in person can request a remote interview via Zoom.

Candidates applying to the ACRRM will have a Multi Mini Interview (MMI) where both ACRRM and GPEx representative/s will be present. The MMI is a behavioural-based assessment consisting of six short interviews in which you have two minutes to read a scenario and eight minutes to respond. Questions are designed to allow you to display your ability to think logically about a topic, and communicate your response and ideas effectively.

For more information about the two interview processes, please click here.

Should I do more time in the hospital to get ready?

Once you are offered a training position, GPEx will work with you one-on-one to determine where the best place is for you to start training – hospital or community GP.

Do I need to have passed both AMC exams as an IMG to be able to enter training?

You need to have PR at the end of the application period and ensure you have general registration by the start of the training year.

Extended Skills

When should I do my ES?

Extended Skills training can be completed at any stage during your general practice training. However GPEx recommends that you complete it as your final training term, to give you time to assess what you would like to extend your skills in to supplement your general practice training. For more information on Extended Skills training, please click here.

Do I have to do a paediatric rotation?

Both the ACRRM and RACGP require registrars to complete a paediatric hospital term prior to entering general practice training. However, as a result of discussions with the colleges, GPEx registrars are now able to enter their GP terms without completing a paediatric hospital term, provided they are able to satisfy criteria established by GPEx and the colleges. GPEx registrars who cannot secure this rotation will be able to complete these requirements whilst undertaking community general practice training through processes approved by both the ACRRM and the RACGP.

Do I have to do an advanced skill year on the Rural Pathway?

Yes. All ACRRM registrars are required to undertake a 12-month Advanced Skills Training post. RACGP registrars who elect to train on the RG pathway or Advanced Rural General Practice (FARGP) pathway must also undertake a 12-month Advanced Rural Skills Training post. These posts are very beneficial, as they provide you with an opportunity to develop advanced skills beyond the standard skills of a GP, whilst meeting the needs of rural and remote communities.

Can I do more than 1 Extended Skills term?

Extended Skills training posts must be for a minimum of 13 weeks. However, you can do two 13 week Extended Skills terms or one 26 week Extended Skills term.

Moratorium

How does the moratorium impact my training?

International Medical Graduates (IMGs) and Foreign Graduates of an Accredited Medical School (FGAMS) who are subject to Section 19 AB(3) of the Health Insurance Act 1973 – also known as the ten-year moratorium – must train on the Rural Pathway and are ineligible for the General Pathway.

Under this legislation, these doctors will only be issued a Medicare Provider Number if they work in a priority area for ten years. The moratorium starts from the first day of your medical registration in Australia, but moratorium time can be reduced depending on where you train/work.

Recognition of Prior Learning

Am I eligible for RPL for rotations that I did a few years ago or overseas?

Previous experience gained in an accredited hospital (not including your intern year), may be recognised as prior learning for general practice. There are a number of steps involved in submitting a successful application for RPL, including gathering evidence relating to your experience such as hospital documentation and referee information. For more information on ACRRM RPL requirements, please click here. For more information on RACGP RPL requirements, please click here.

If you have still questions about your eligibility for RPL, please contact the GPEx Selection Team at selection@gpex.com.au.

Why Train with GPEx?

What are some of the benefits of doing GP training in SA with GPEx?

There are a number of benefits to doing your GP training with GPEx. Firstly, GPEx registrars are well supported with a Program Coordinator, Medical Educator, and Supervisor, who work with you to provide personalised support throughout your training. We also have excellent exam support with our GPEx Exams Collective program.

We also have in-depth knowledge of, and strong relationships with, our rural regions and training practices. We work closely with you to find a placement that is a good fit. Rural training can be very busy, with some registrars doing on-call work at their local hospital as well as working in a GP clinic. However, we also have practices that do not participate in on-call, for those registrars who find this kind of work difficult to manage with their personal circumstances.

If you are interested in Rural Generalism, we have a dedicated RG team that works closely with you to plan your training, including your Advanced Skills Training. We also have financial incentives available for registrars undertaking placements in rural and remote regions.

Are there any unique learning/training opportunities that GPEx offers registrars?

GPEx offers registrars a number of unique learning and training opportunities, including roving registrar positions, a placement at the RFDS, and the opportunity to practice remote medicine in beautiful locations, such as Kangaroo Island the Flinders Ranges. For more information about these unique experiences, please click here.