For Registrars

Tasmanian Rural Generalist Program

For Registrars

Registrars (PGY3-5)

Once accepted onto a recognised General Practice training pathway (vocational training), the trainee is then considered a Rural Generalist (RG) 'registrar'.

  • Rural Generalist training over the next two years is arranged in conjunction with the Tasmanian Regional Training Organisation (RTO) General Practice Training Tasmania (GPTT), Remote Vocational Training Scheme (RVTS) or through the trainee's College.
  • At least one of the rotations should be for six months at a Rural Generalist practice.
  • At least one rotation should be a six month "Extended Skills" position (Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) only requirement), if not already done in earlier years (check individual College requirements).
  • Subject to RTO and/or College approval, trainees are also able to negotiate other hospital or community rotations (including outside Tasmania) that will add to their Rural Generalist training. Many trainees will extend this training over three years to obtain this experience.
  • Examples of advanced skills include:
    • palliative care
    • mental health
    • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health
    • emergency medicine in larger rural or smaller regional hospitals
  • To complete Rural Generalist training with the RACGP, trainees will also need to enrol in the RACGP Fellowship of Advanced Rural General Practice (FARGP) and complete the prescribed requirements and assessments of that qualification in addition to the requirements of the Fellowship of the Australian College of General Practitioners (FRACGP).

For more information about the different college requirements, please contact either the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners or the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine.

Lateral entry to the Rural Generalist pathway

  • Entry to the RG pathway as a registrar is possible for doctors who have obtained significant relevant experience from elsewhere (e.g. other College training programs, non-accredited hospital experience, international experience and training). Colleges will consider each application on its merit and grant Recognition of Prior Learning accordingly. Advice should be sought from RACGP or the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine on current policies.

Exit from the Rural Generalist pathway

  • RACGP registrars may exit the RG pathway without completing an Advanced Specialised Training/Advanced Rural Skills Training year and be awarded the FRACGP provided all training and assessment requirements have been met.
  • GPs with FRACGP can work rurally. GPs are able to complete Advanced Rural Skills Training at any time in the future.