Australian General Practice Training (AGPT) program
The Australian General Practice Training (AGPT) program is funded by the Australian Government to facilitate the development of skilled GPs.
The program involves three or four years of full-time vocational training in urban, rural and/or remote locations and is delivered via Regional Training Organisations (RTOs) such as GPEx.
GPEx is one of nine RTOs which operate in Australia in conjunction with the Department of Health (DoH) and colleges to deliver the AGPT program. We are the sole provider of GP training in South Australia.
The AGPT program is delivered according to the curricula set by the two specialty General Practice colleges in Australia:
- Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM)
- Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP)
Registrars have the option to train towards a Fellowship with the ACRRM, the RACGP, or both. Fellowship is awarded after successfully completing all the training and assessment requirements.
Through GPEx, training pathways are available to doctors on 457 and TSS 482, 491 and 494 visas.
You can choose to train towards:
- Fellowship of the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (FACRRM), and/or
- Fellowship of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (FRACGP), with or without the Fellowship in Advanced Rural General Practice (FARGP).
- Fellowships allow GPs to:
Work unsupervised in general practice
- Claim A1 Medicare rebates
- Be recognised as a Fellow via reciprocal arrangements with New Zealand (ACRRM and RACGP), Canada (ACRRM and RACGP) and Ireland (RACGP only).
Rural Generalist Training Pathway
GPEx provides training pathways for registrars interested in Rural Generalist (RG) Training. Read More
Registrars-in-training on the rural pathway are required to undertake their training in at least two practices across MMM 2-7 locations, which include regional centres and remote areas. Financial incentives are available to those registrars taking up training placements in rural and remote areas.
Overseas-trained doctors and foreign graduates of accredited medical schools may also be required to train on the rural pathway. Please refer to the eligibility guidelines on your preferred college website.
“Country medicine gives me the opportunity to build relationships with my patients and get to know their stories.”
Dr Sara Georg, GP and Co-Owner of Bayview Medical Clinic at Tumby Bay
RACGP – General and Rural Pathways
The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners offers the option to train on either the general or the rural pathway. Read More
457 and TSS 482, 491 and 494 Visa Holders
If you are a foreign graduate of an Accredited Medical School (FGAMS) and hold a 457 or TSS 482, 491 or 494 visa and meet certain requirements, you may be able to apply to the AGPT 2021 program and train with GPEx.
GPEx has a network of training practices willing to sponsor and employ temporary visa holders.
It is an expectation of the AGPT Program that temporary visa holder applicants obtain Australian permanent residency, or Australian or New Zealand citizenship, by the end of the first 12 months of community general practice training.
Holders of 457 and TSS 482, 491 or 494 visas who wish to receive a letter of support from GPEx to apply to the AGPT program in South Australia can email firstname.lastname@example.org for a list of requirements.
A GPEx letter of support is not a guarantee of a training offer and applicants are still required to go through the selection process of their chosen general practice college/s.