Fellowship of Advanced Rural General Practice (FARGP) will be transitioned to the new Fellowship of the RACGP Rural Generalist (FRACGP-RG) from 1 July 2022.
Why the change?
In 2019, the RACGP endorsed the National Rural Generalist Pathway (NRGP) and approved the development of the new rural generalist (RG) Fellowship to align with the new pathway. RACGP is also working with the Rural Health Commissioner and the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine on having RG medicine recognised as a specialised field of general practice by the Australian Medical Council.
The purpose of the NRGP and RG recognition is to ensure an agreed, nationally consistent standard and clear definition of an RG and an RG’s scope of practice.
The training requirements for the FRACGP-RG are similar to the FARGP, with the core-emergency medicine training and Additional Rural Skills Training (ARST) curricula updated to align with the NRGP. To ease the transition to the RG Fellowship, the curricula is available to FARGP registrars and practising GPs from the beginning of this year.
The RG training requirements include:
- A 12-month full-time equivalent (FTE) hospital term (can be postgraduate year 2 or above)
- 18 months of FTE community-based GP terms (minimum of 12 months FTE must be in a rural MMM3–7 location)
- six months of FTE core emergency medicine training
- 12 months of FTE ARST
- An (optional) six-month extended skills term in either a hospital, community GP or community non-GP setting.
What does this mean for registrars?
RACGP will support registrars to make the switch from the FARGP to the FRACGP-RG if they wish to at no cost. Upon completion, they will then be awarded the new Fellowship of the RACGP Rural Generalist and will be able to use the post-nominals FRACGP-RG in addition to FRACGP.
If registrars have commenced training towards the FARGP and prefer to complete this, RACGP will support them on a case-by-case basis. Upon completion, they will receive the Fellowship in Advanced Rural General Practice and be able to use the post-nominals FARGP in addition to FRACGP. If registrars change your mind later, they can apply for the FRACGP-RG via an application for recognition of prior learning that demonstrates evidence of working across the full scope of practice, including in emergency.
Registrars need to advise RACGP via the form sent directly to them via email, or click here.