Program benefits

Why choose our General Practice Training Program?

Extended scope of practice

Build a broader set of skills to confidently manage the diverse range of health issues and challenges of rural and remote practice.

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Career choice and flexibility

Develop skills throughout your career to address a community's health needs at a local level. Work in a GP clinic, hospital, retrieval medicine, and more.

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Mobility of qualification

The unique rural and remote practice competencies of Fellowship of ACRRM make it your passport to work around the world.

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Choose your own adventure

Work with the Royal Flying Doctor Services, Médecins Sans Frontières, in hospitals, Aboriginal Health Services, private practice, and retrieval medicine throughout Australia.

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Process overview

What steps are involved in the application?

Step 1

Eligibility Application

Applications open
26 March to 30 April 2018

Step 2

Written Submission

Applications open
26 March to 30 April 2018

Step 3

Application Fee

Eligible applicants have until 7 June 2018 to pay their application fee.

Step 4

Multi Mini interviews

To be held
13 July to 22 July 2018

Program overview

Training with ACRRM on the Australian General Practice Training Program

Training through the AGPT Program towards Fellowship with ACRRM provides you with a broader set of procedural skills and the specialist clinical training that will enable you to confidently manage the diverse range of health issues and challenges of rural and remote practice.

This broader scope of practice gives you choice and diversity throughout your career, as you take on new skills to address health needs at a local level. Our doctors are rewarded for their hard work and dedication by becoming a vital part of their community.

Once you're a Fellow of the College, you are qualified to practise:

  • independently as a specialist general practitioner anywhere in Australia
  • in a team (in a community practice, hospital, emergency, or retrieval service), or
  • as a collaborator (complementing the local region's health service with your specialist skills in anaesthetics, surgery, or obstetrics).

You'll be required to complete four years of training. The core components of training are:

  • 12 months core clinical training including six mandatory rotations in emergency medicine, general medicine, general surgery, paediatrics, obstetrics and gynaecology, and anaesthetics
  • 24 months primary rural and remote training
    • Six months hospital/emergency
    • Six months community primary care
    • 12 months rural and remote practice
  • 12 months advanced specialised training (AST).

You will work and train in ACRRM accredited teaching posts under supervision of experienced rural GPs. You can check which teaching posts are accredited in your preferred training region on the ACRRM website.

Regional training organisations (RTOs), accredited by the College and contracted by the Department of Health, deliver the College's education and training program to registrars within a specific geographic region on the AGPT Program. RTOs provide your training and support, tailored to regional and individual training needs.

Find out more about training regions on the AGPT website.

Contracted by the Australian Government Department of Health

Regional training organisations (RTOs), accredited by the College and contracted by the Department of Health, deliver the College's education and training program to registrars within a specific geographic region on the AGPT Program.

Intake Timeline

Overview of application timelines and training regions

Date Activity
Monday 26 March 2018 Applications open for eligibility and ACRRM Written Submission
Monday 30 April 2018
Applications close
Tuesday 26 - Friday 29 June 2018 Eligible candidates are notified by RTO of their Multi Mini Interview date and time
Friday 13 - Sunday 22 July 2018 MMIs conducted at RTO of first preference
Wednesday 1 - Friday 3 August 2018 Offers are made
Friday 10 August 2018 Acceptance of offers due
30 November 2018 ACRRM membership fees due

Frequently Asked Questions

Find the answers to all your questions here

Q: What are the eligibility criteria I need to meet to apply for the AGPT Program?

A: Eligibility for the program is determined by the Department of Health based on the following factors:

  • Citizenship status
  • Primary Medical Qualifications
  • Medical Registration.

Q: What are the College's selection criteria for the AGPT application?

A: Candidates are selected on merit. ACRRM accepts graduates based on the following criteria:

  • Demonstrated commitment to a career as a specialist general practitioner working in rural or remote Australia.
  • Demonstrated capacity and motivation to acquire abilities, skills, and knowledge in the ACRRM domains of practice.
  • Demonstrated connection with rural communities.
  • Demonstrated commitment to meeting the needs of rural and remote communities through an extended scope of practice.
  • Possession of the personal characteristics associated with a successful career in rural or remote practice.

Q: Do I have to undertake all training in rural and remote locations?

A: No. Whilst most registrars will spend a significant amount of training in rural areas, the focus is on gaining the skills and knowledge required in rural and remote settings. Some of these skills can be developed in urban and rural facilities. However, having a good understanding of the context of rural medicine is also essential. Therefore, all registrars must spend a minimum of 12 months of their training living and practising in a rural or remote setting.

Q: Can I choose the location for my AGPT training?

A: Upon application, you are required to nominate a minimum of one Regional Training Organisation (RTO) and may also choose to nominate up to four RTO preferences. By nominating a preference, you must be willing to train in that location for the duration of your training. We recommend you contact your preferred RTO for more information about training in their region. Further information on training regions can be found at

Q: How much of my training can I claim with Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) on the AGPT Program?

A: Registrars can potentially claim up to 24 months RPL on the AGPT Program through their RTO. A maximum of 12 months for Primary Rural and Remote training (PRRT) can be awarded, with the remaining 12 months in Core Clinical Training or Advanced Specialised Training. Contact the ACRRM Training team for further information on 1800 223 226 or via

Q: What assessments will I be required to undertake to gain Fellowship of ACRRM?

A: The assessment process is designed by experienced rural doctors and leading academics.

Assessments are undertaken progressively throughout the key stages of your training, rather than one big exam at the end.

Assessments include:

  • Multi Choice Question exam (MCQ)
  • Case Based Discussion assessment (CBD)
  • Multi Source Feedback (MSF)
  • Structure Assessment using Multiple Patient Scenarios (StAMPS)
  • Relevant AST assessment (either StAMPS or project depending on AST selected).

Q: I am on a state-based Rural Generalist Program. Do I still need to join a General Practice Training Program?

A: The State and Territory Rural Generalist programs provide supported and facilitated frameworks for rural training, however they are not a formal training program. To become a general practitioner, you will need to gain a training position on a General Practice Training Program that leads to Specialist Registration as a General Practitioner, and Vocational Recognition with Medicare. Gaining a training position with ACRRM through the AGPT program will meet this requirement.

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What do our registrars think of the program?


Dr Elise Ly

If you really are interested in rural and remote medicine, being part of the ACRRM family is such an inspiring experience. I think that's a big part of why I'm with ACRRM. I decided to go through ACRRM for my training not only because they focus on rural and remote medicine, but because of the personal experience I received at the College. I was able to go part time, including time off for maternity leave. The flexibility of ACRRM is such a wonderful thing.


Dr Marjad Page

The biggest thing is to have a dream. Dreams are what make us wake up at 6am in the morning and work. They motivate us to stay up a bit later at night. They push us a little bit more when we didn't think we had any more to give. If I had an issue, the College would help to rectify it. Just like within the Aboriginal culture, there is a good kinship system in the College. My process and training was very easy going and was no different to a good close knit family unit.


Dr Armi Aganan

ACRRM was very helpful for the level of training I had from the Philippines. They catered to my needs and experience, which is emergency medicine. They focused on rural and remote areas and giving health services to the people in those communities. It's a challenging pathway but it's very doable, you just need to have the motivation and dedication to pass those exams.


Dr Warwick Young

I enjoyed my time immensely as a remote doctor - working in remote Aboriginal communities in the Northern Territory and South Australia - and now a little more sedately as a GP in Port Macquarie. ACRRM training encourages and facilitates registrars and fellows to offer a complete service for patients, thereby significantly reducing the need for referrals. As we all know, the more rural and remote one's practice is, the more difficult it is to arrange specialist involvement, for both the patient and the doctor.

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