The Department of Health funds and manages the Australian General Practice Training (AGPT) program

The 3-4 year vocational training program is for pre-vocational doctors wishing to pursue a career in General Practice and/or rural and remote medicine in Australia. Vocational training is delivered by Regional Training Organisations (RTOs) across Australia, such as GPEx which deliver the AGPT program for South Australia.

Who sets the Curriculum

Responsible for setting the curriculum of the AGPT program are two professional General Practice colleges in Australia:

Choices for a registrar

Registrars (general practitioners in training) have the choice to train towards a Fellowship with the ACRRM and/or the RACGP. Once accepted into the AGPT program, registrars must choose to train towards:

  • The Fellowship of the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine [FACRRM (4 year program)] and/or
  • The Fellowship of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners [FRACGP (3 year program)] with or without the Fellowship in Advanced Rural General Practice [(FARGP) additional 1 year].

Fellowship award

After successfully completing all training and assessment requirements of the GPEx and ACRRM and/or the RACGP, a registrar is eligible for the award of Fellowship of the ACRRM (FACCRM) and/or Fellowship of the RACGP (FRACGP).

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The Diagram below illustrates the General Practice Training landscape from 2016

As a result of the Australian Government’s restructure of Regional Training Providers announced in the 2014-2015 Federal budget, GPEx is the sole Regional Training Organisation for South Australia.

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