How does the AGPT rural generalist pathway work?
The rural generalist pathway runs for up to seven years depending on the year of entry and specialty field – ie, up to seven years if undertaking GP Surgery. It comprises a year of hospital practice, two years of community general practice as a GP rural generalist trainee, a year of advanced skills training in a chosen specialty and a year of support to consolidate advanced skills while working or continuing to train in general practice. There is flexibility to enter later in general practice training if eligible candidates are identified and positions are available.
Trainees need to be enrolled and working towards meeting the requirements of fellowship with either the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (FACRRM) and/or the Royal Australian College of General Practice (FRACGP) plus the Fellowship of Advanced Rural Practice (FARGP).
Earliest entry into the program is at the commencement of post-graduate year two which aligns with entry into GP training. Successful trainees exit with either a FRACGP (with FARGP) or FACRRM and with at least one advanced skill.
Training in advanced skills is overseen by the relevant specialty college and leads to qualifications that meet the accreditation standards of that college.
This pathway provides opportunities for training in several specialty areas including anaesthetics, obstetrics and gynaecology, mental health, palliative care, paediatrics and emergency medicine. The training that GP trainees undertake during their 12 month AST/ARST year will be in a larger regional health service which is accredited to provide this pathway. However on fellowship, it is likely they will practice in a more rural or remote community to utilise their new skill.