Nationally there are two parties involved in general practice training:
- The Department of Health and Aged Care through the Australian General Practice Training Program (AGPT)
- The training colleges, the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) and the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM).
Each party has a distinct function with GP training:
- The Department of Health and Aged Care 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.
- From 2023 GP training will transition to college-led training. The colleges will manage the day to day running of the program and make sure mandatory requirements from AGPT, RACGP and ACRRM are met.
- RTOs will manage the 2023 placements for GP registrars throughout the Northern Territory.
Dr Aly Knell
I was drawn to a career in general practice because I’ve always enjoyed all aspects of medicine. Being a rural and remote GP is particularly rewarding because of the diversity of the job, and I think general practice in the Territory can be whatever you want it to be.
The Northern Territory 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 the community, often in some of the most remote and beautiful places in Australia.
Consistently the NT has been an attractive training choice for those who have a sense of adventure as well as a passion for using their training to help those less fortunate than themselves. All GP registrars who train in the NT are strongly encouraged to complete an Aboriginal health training term to contribute to closing the health gap between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Australians.
- What is rural generalist training?
Applicants can express their interest in undertaking Rural Generalist Training in the AGPT program. RACGP applicants selecting Rural Generalist Training must train towards FRACGP combined with FARGP. All ACRRM training places are considered suitable to train under the AGPT Rural Generalist Policy 2020.
Applicants considering Rural Generalist Training are encouraged to read the AGPT Rural Generalist Policy 2020 and the accompanying FAQs, which are available on the AGPT website.
How is the Department of Health and Aged Care involved?
The Department of Health and Aged Care funds your passage through to fellowship under the banner of the Australian General Practice Training (AGPT) program. AGPT needs to know about your intention to train in the program, this is done via the application process to RACGP or ACRRM.
There are two colleges that offer GP training in Australia: the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) and the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM).
ACRRM’s AGPT pathway is a 4-year program that results in the Fellowship of the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (FACRRM). All registrars training with ACRRM are automatically training on the Rural Generalist Pathway.
The RACGP’s AGPT pathway is a 3-year program that results in the Fellowship of the Royal Australian College of General Practice (FRACGP), with the option of undertaking an additional year of training to obtain a Fellowship of the RACGP Rural Generalist (FRACGP-RG).
Keen to start your GP journey in the Northern Territory?