What is Rural Generalism?

A rural generalist is a medical practitioner who is trained to meet the specific current and future health care needs of Australian rural and remote communities, in a sustainable and cost-effective way. A rural generalist provides both comprehensive general practice and emergency care, and required components of other medical specialist care in hospital and community settings as part of a rural healthcare team (National Rural Generalist Taskforce Advice 2018).

GPEx delivers rural generalist training in conjunction with the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM) and the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP).

Introducing Dr Lachlan Mackinnon, Rural Generalist (FACRRM), based in Loxton, South Australia’s riverland region.

The GPEx difference

Registrars training towards a Fellowship through the ACRRM, train on the rural generalist pathway. Registrars training towards a Fellowship through the RACGP can train on the rural generalist pathway by including the Fellowship in Advanced Rural General Practice.

While training on the Rural Generalist (RG) pathway, GPEx registrars will receive:

  • Support, guidance and career planning throughout your training journey by our dedicated RG team;
  • Financial assistance and incentives for rural placements;
  • Dedicated RG pathway workshops from commencement of the hospital training term through to fellowship;
  • Mentoring by our passionate and dedicated RG Medical Education team;
  • Choice in advanced skills, allowing sub-specialisation in a variety of disciplines.

If you would like more information about becoming a Rural Generalist please contact our RG team.


FACRRM – Fellowship of the College of Rural and Remote Medicine

The FACRRM is a five to six year training program that qualifies a doctor to work as a General Practitioner anywhere in Australia and is also a qualification that recognised in other countries.

Training towards a FACRRM provides registrars with the flexibility to work across a range of health settings and locations, as well as to develop advanced specialised skills. These skills are acquired over 12 months (with the exception of surgery, 24 months) as the Advanced Specialised Training (AST) component of FACRRM.

Advanced Specialised Training (AST)

AST provides an opportunity to expand the professional scope in a discipline that will contribute to the medical services provided for the community.

These disciplines include:

  • Aboriginal Torres Strait Islander Health
  • Academic Practice
  • Adult Internal Medicine
  • Anesthetics
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Mental Health
  • Obstetrics and Gynaecology
  • Pediatrics
  • Population Health
  • Remote Medicine
  • Surgery (2 years)
  • Palliative Care


Rural Generalist Fellowship (FRACGP – RG)

The RACGP recently announced changes to their rural generalist training pathway, giving registrars more flexibility to tailor their training (FRACGP -RG). As registrars progress through training they can elect to opt-out of the RG component of the fellowship and continue to work towards the FRACGP. This flexibility extends to registrars on the general pathway and/or rural pathway who during their training can elect to complete FRACGP-RG by choosing to opt-in to the RG component.

The FRACGP-RG provides registrars with an opportunity to develop advanced skills and broaden their scope of practice to meet the needs of their rural and remote communities. These skills are acquired over 12 months as the Advanced Rural Skills Training (ARST) component of the FRACGP-RG.

Advanced Rural Skills Training (ARST)
ARST provides registrars with an opportunity to enhance their knowledge about the health needs of rural and remote communities and to develop skills to meet those needs.

These disciplines include:

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health
  • Adult Internal Medicine
  • Anaesthetics
  • Child and Adolescent Health
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Mental Health
  • Obstetrics
  • Palliative Care
  • Surgery

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