Pathways to GP

Don’t let the ‘general’ in ‘general practitioner fool you. GPs are specialists. Like all medical specialists, to be a GP takes an extended period of specialised training. To practice independently as a GP in Australia, you need to achieve a fellowship in general practice training.

Fellowship signifies that a GP has been assessed as competent across the core skills of general practice, enabling them to practise safely and unsupervised in Australia.

Australian General Practice Training

The best way to fellowship is on the Australian General Practice Training (AGPT) program. This program is a government funded vocational training program for medical graduates and overseas trained doctors with little or no general practice experience wishing to pursue a career as a general practitioner.

The AGPT program is facilitated by nine regional training organisations across Australia. WA General Practice Education and Training (WAGPET) is one of those regional training organisations and the provider of the AGPT program in WA, offering registrars the real-world experience, insights and knowledge needed to become the best GPs they can be.

Offered through two colleges, the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM) and the Royal Australian College of General Practitioner (RACGP), the program WAGPET facilitates consist of either three or four years of full-time, on-the-job training with the opportunity to practise medicine in urban, outer metro, rural and remote locations.

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Remote Vocational Training Scheme

The Remote Vocational Training Scheme (RVTS) is a government funded vocational training program for medical practitioners in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and remote and isolated communities throughout Australia.

The training provided meets the requirements for fellowship of both ACRRM and RACGP and by extension, Vocational Recognition with Medicare Australia.

RVTS supervises and supports its registrars via distance education and remote supervision, allowing them to practice independently in any location throughout Australia. The four year program allows doctors to access vocational training while they continue to provide general medical services to their community.

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Independent Pathway

ACRRM’s Independent Pathway is a full-fee vocational training program best suited to experienced doctors who prefer self-directed learning and flexibility. Training requirements are set according to individual needs following assessment of prior learning and experience through the recognition of prior learning (RPL) process.

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Practice Experience Program

RACGP’s General Practice Experience Program enables overseas trained doctors with significant general practice experience gain fellowship without having to do specialist general practice training (vocational training) in Australia.

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