Extended skills training posts offer an opportunity to gain experience in areas of medicine that are relevant to general practice and that are of interest to you. These posts are available to registrars for a duration of three to six months and can be undertaken any time during training after the completion of the core hospital terms.


For ACRRM registrars and RACGP registrars enrolled in the FARGP, advanced skills training provides an opportunity to acquire new skills and experiences or build on their existing knowledge, skills and experience. These 12-month posts are located in a hospital or community setting or a combination of both.

Current advanced skills training opportunities, available from February 2020:

If you are a registrar interested in these positions, you can check your eligibility by contacting your Program Training Advisor.

Extended Skills

An Extended Skills Post is a set period of skills training (26 weeks) and provide GP registrars with the opportunity to undertake specialised training within an area that is relevant to General Practice.

Extended Skills options

An extended skill can be undertaken as either two placements of three months in different disciplines, or a full six month placement in one discipline. It is not mandatory to undertake training outside of the general practice environment but should be regarded as an opportunity. There is a wide range of extended skill areas that can be considered and a variety of settings in which they can be done. Please note, extended skills only applies to RACGP training.

Extended skill areas include:

  • Paediatrics
  • General Medicine (Internal Medicine)
  • Occupational Health
  • Sports Medicine
  • Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Health
  • Obstetrics and Gynaecology
  • Emergency
  • Disability Medicine
  • Drug and Alcohol Services South Australia
  • Palliative Care
  • Psychiatry
  • Prison Health

You may have other areas of interest, which may qualify as an Extended skill. If you wish to discuss this opportunity further, please contact GPEx.

Advanced Specialised Training – ACRRM

Working within a general practice in a rural area can be both challenging and fulfilling. It not only provides the opportunity to play a pivotal medical role within a small community, but the chance to develop advanced procedural skills across a range of disciplines.

An ACRRM Fellowship requirement

The Advanced Specialised Training (AST) is a requirement to achieve a Fellowship of the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (FACRRM), which broadens your skills and capacity beyond the standard capabilities of GP training. With these supplementary skills, your expanded professional scope can include clinical privileging in hospitals, access to additional Medical Benefits Scheme item numbers, and contributing to the pool of medical services in your community.

Advanced Skills Posts information:

For information on which advanced skills posts are accredited by ACRRM for an AST, please visit the ACRRM website or contact us here at GPEx.

Advanced Rural Skills Training – RACGP

In addition to the FRACGP, GP registrars can also elect to train towards achieving a Fellowship in Advanced Rural General Practice (FARGP). The FARGP has a distinct pathway for general practice registrars who wish to develop advanced rural skills and broaden options for safe, accessible and comprehensive care for Australia’s rural and remote communities.

RACGP accepted disciplines

For a list of possible disciplines accepted by the RACGP and the requirements of the FARGP please view the RACGP website. For further information, contact us here at GPEx.

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