Advanced Specialised Training (AST) covers a minimum of one year of the 4-year Fellowship program. 

Deepen your knowledge and skills in a procedural or non-procedural discipline including Population Health, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health, Anaesthetics and Emergency Medicine and more. 

AST expands your professional scope and can include clinical privileging in hospitals, access to additional Medical Benefits Scheme item numbers as well as contributing to and expanding the pool of medical services in rural and remote communities. Having advanced skills is an essential component of being a Rural Generalist.  

Choose from the following Advanced Specialised Training disciplines:

AST Handbook - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health

AST Handbook - Academic Practice

Academic Practice

AST Handbook - Adult Internal Medicine

Adult Internal Medicine

AST Handbook - Emergency Medicine

Emergency Medicine

AST Handbook - Mental Health

Mental Health

AST Handbook - Obstetrics and Gynaecology

Obstetrics and Gynaecology

AST Handbook - Paediatrics


AST Handbook - Palliative Care

Palliative Care

AST Handbook - Population health

Population Health

AST Handbook - Remote Medicine

Remote Medicine

Find out more about training and assessment requirements and which AST is right for you in the Rural Generalist Curriculum and the Fellowship Training Handbook



Enhance your qualification

You can extend your qualification through postgraduate options in Generalist Emergency Medicine (GEM) and AST outside of training.

This qualification is under review, applications are not being taken.

Advanced Specialised Training (AST) undertaken outside of training is an excellent opportunity for doctors to grow skills in a specific area. Training is undertaken over 15 months or 24 months for Rural Generalist Surgery.

AST outside of training includes the following disciplines:

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health
  • Academic Practice
  • Adult Internal Medicine
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Mental Health
  • Paediatrics
  • Palliative Care
  • Population Health
  • Remote Medicine
  • Surgery
  • To apply for AST outside of training, please complete the application form


Upfront Fees
Application FeeThe Application Fee covers the costs of the application and the selection process.$1,425*Upon application
Ongoing Fees
Administration FeeThe administration fee covers administrative support and records management while on the AST program.$2,194.50*^annually

Legend: * Non-refundable, ^ GST free. Fees subject to change/annual fee. 



Find your pathway to Fellowship

Pathways to Fellowship

Independent Pathway

Pathways to Fellowship

Australian General Practice Training Program

Pathways to Fellowship

Remote Vocational Training Scheme