Frequently Asked Questions
What are the benefits of being a Rural Generalist?
Rural Generalists are an integral part of their chosen community, providing both comprehensive primary and secondary health care. It is a career that delivers a wide and varied scope of practice, providing you with a rewarding and relationship-based career.
As a RG registrar, you will be supported by the GPEx Rural Generalist team, who will work with you on your personalised training plan. You will receive prioritisation to develop your advanced skills in a variety of disciplines, from anaesthetics to aboriginal health, to palliative care, and more. On commencing your community general practice training, you will be supported in consolidating these skills while at the same time, receiving on-the-job training and mentoring from an experienced supervisor. Additional financial packages are available for certain regions within South Australia. Through the AGPT Rural Generalist Policy, you will receive additional flexibility in the easing of restrictions between training regions to acquire advanced skills as well as an additional 12 months of training time extend your skills further to meet community need.
Am I eligible to become a Rural Generalist?
Yes. All registrars training on the ACRRM fellowship pathway are automatically enrolled in Rural Generalist training. If you are training on the RACGP fellowship pathway – rural or general – you can opt into Rural Generalist training at most points throughout your training. The RACGP RG pathway allows you to complete a Fellowship of Advanced Rural General Practice (FARGP) alongside your Fellowship of the RACGP (FRACGP). There are some minimum training requirements – please contact a member of our Rural Generalist team to find out more.
How can I apply to become a Rural Generalist?
Both general practice colleges offer Rural Generalist training through the Australian General Practice Training program:
ACRRM: All registrars training on the ACRRM fellowship pathway are automatically enrolled in Rural Generalist training.
RACGP: The RACGP offers flexibility to registrars wanting to commence Rural Generalist training. All registrars training on the RACGP fellowship pathway – general or rural – can elect to opt into Rural Generalist training from the start of their general practice training or at most points throughout their fellowship training. To do so, please contact a member of our Rural Generalist team. Registrars may also elect to opt out of Rural Generalist training and complete their training on the rural pathway.
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