How does the Australian General Practice Training (AGPT) program fit in with the two medical colleges for general practice?

The AGPT program meets the standards set by both the Australian GP colleges. The colleges set and administer their own exam and assessment processes for the award of GP fellowships following the completion of the AGPT program. They also award recognition of prior learning.

Regional Training Organisations (RTOs) such as GPTQ deliver the AGPT program on behalf of the colleges and AGPT, and are accountable to both. As a part of your application to the AGPT program, you are required to nominate which college(s) you will train with -- or you can choose both. There are two colleges:

  • Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM)
  • The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP)

There are three fellowships to choose from:

  • Fellowship of the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (FACRRM)
  • Fellowship of The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (FRACGP)
  • Fellowship in Advanced Rural General Practice (FARGP), which is completed alongside the FRACGP.

If you choose the Fellowship in Advanced Rural General Practice (FARGP), you complete the FRACGP with some specific rural requirements and a fourth year of training that incorporates the Advanced Rural

Skills Training term, completed in a rural or remote location.

GP fellowship of either college leads to specialist general practitioner registration in Australia, allowing you to practice independently as a GP anywhere in Australia.

The selection process for AGPT training for 2018 will be conducted by the two colleges, with each college determining the selection process for its candidates.

Find out more about the selection and application process.

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