Nationally there are three parties involved in general practice training:
- The Department of Health through the Australian General Practice Training Program (AGPT)
- The Royal Australian College of General Practice (RACGP) and the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM)
- Regional training organisations (RTOs) - NTGPE is the RTO for the NT.
Each party has a distinct function with GP training:
- The Department of Health is the government body that funds and administers the program.
- RACGP and ACRRM manage the program selection process, set the curriculum, vocational training standards and run the exams.
- RTOs manage the day to day running of the program and make sure mandatory requirements from AGPT, RACGP and ACRRM are met. The RTO manages placements for GP registrars throughout their training.
NTGPE is one of nine RTOs in Australia, and the sole provider in the NT. NTGPE stands out from other RTOs due to the training environment. The NT is a huge place that has significant populations of Indigenous Australians living in communities. While traditional placements in the larger towns and Darwin are available, the really exciting and interesting placements are in community, often in some of the most remote and beautiful places in Australia.
Consistently NTGPE has been an attractive training choice for those who have a sense of adventure as well as passion for using their training to help those less fortunate than themselves. All GP registrars who train NTGPE will complete a mandatory Aboriginal health training term in contribution to closing the health gap between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Australians.