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ACRRM is excited to be provided the opportunity to directly deliver training to registrars on the fully government-funded Australian General Practice Training Program (AGPT) from 2023. 


The College is on track to implement a College-led training model built on the evidence and success of the AGPT and blended with experience and success in delivering training through our Independent Pathway and the new Rural Generalist Training Scheme. We are committed to ensuring the ACRRM Fellowship Program remains high quality and continues to address the future needs of rural doctors and their communities.

Applications for the 2023 training program are now open. Start your journey to Fellowship with the College that has a proven track record in setting professional standards for practice, lifelong education, support and advocacy for specialist General Practitioners and Rural Generalists. Apply now.

Read the College Discussion Paper, Transition of ACRRM Training Program from Australian General Practice Training by 2023.

The AGPT Program provides

  • Face-to-face case management from a dedicated Training Officer 
  • Personalised Medical Educator guidance 
  • A structured learning experience
  • Face-to-face education delivery with your cohort
  • Up to two years Recognition of Prior Learning 
AGPT
Department of Health
 
The Australian General Practice Training program: An Australian Government initiative. 

Training

The  four-year training program is made up of three years Core Generalist Training and one-year Advanced Specialised Training (AST)*.

Training is undertaken in an ACRRM accredited post. Take a closer look at requirements of training.

*Selected AST can take up to 24 months. 

 

Education

Education consists of a mix of online courses, emergency medicine courses and a range of other approved courses. Delivery of education on AGPT is managed directly by your chosen Regional Training Organisation. To learn more about education requirements on AGPT, please contact your preferred training region.

Assessment

The rural context underpins every aspect of ACRRM’s training program, including assessment, which is mapped back to the curriculum. Assessment on AGPT is undertaken at regular intervals throughout the training journey. 

Visit our assessment page for more in depth information on assessment modalities. 

The Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM) was an easy choice for my Rural Generalist training journey. There are a multitude of reasons extending from diligent college supports, to training opportunities, but the most important reason for me was flexibility and scope within my training.

Dr Dan Wilson

AGPT registrar

Dan's Story

Choose your own adventure

Training is undertaken in an accredited post to ensure registrars have a deep understanding of the rural context, which is ingrained in the ACRRM curriculum. Accredited training post on AGPT are managed by the Regional Training Organisations.

Eligibility Criteria

Residency / citizenship 

  • Hold Australian citizenship
  • Permanent residency status

Primary medical qualification

Australian Medical Council (AMC) recognised medical qualification.

Medical registration 

Applicants are required to hold general medical registration without conditions or undertakings by the commencement of training.  View our AGPT eligibility guide for further information.

Fees

Type

DescriptionCost
Payable
Upfront Fees
   
Application FeeThe Application Fee covers the costs of the application and the selection process.$700*Upon application
Ongoing Fees
   
Membership FeeRegistrars enjoy the benefits of being a member of the College. Learn more about membership.$430*Upfront pro rata, then annually.
Other Fees
   
Assessment  View full list of assessments fees
Transfer FeeApplies for registrars applying to transfer to the Independent Pathway from AGPT or RVTS.$1,995*^Upon application

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

FAQ's

Fellowship of the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (FACRRM) is recognised by the Australian Medical Council as a standard medical practitioners must attain to be recognised for the specialty of general practice. 

The Fellowship program has been developed by rural doctors for generalists working in a rural or remote context equipping them for rural and urban practice. 

FACRRM demonstrates you can confidently and competently work independently in the broadest range of locations and environments. Fellowship provides access to the maximum benefits available under Medicare’s A1 items for you and your patients. 

FACRRM is identified as a preferred qualification by recruiters.

All pathways lead to Vocational Recognition as a Specialist (General Practice) through the Australian Medical Council (AMC) with reciprocal arrangements through other medical colleges. 

Independent Pathway registrars are offered greater flexibility and input into planning their education, meeting their Fellowship requirements and accessing individualised training placements. Registrars train directly through the College and are supported by a dedicated team of Training Officers and Medical Educators. Independent Pathway registrars are not restricted by Government funding requirements and policy. 

RVTS education, training and support is provided by the Remote Vocational Training Scheme. Registrars on these pathways must meet ACRRM Fellowship requirements whilst also adhering to policies and procedures, as stipulated by the RTO and Government. 

It is highly recommended registrars complete the majority of their training in a rural or remote area. The focus must be on gaining a broad scope of skills and knowledge required to practise independently in rural and remote settings. Some skills may be developed in metropolitan or regional facilities. A sound knowledge and broad experience of rural medicine, practised in a rural and remote context, is essential. For Fellowship purposes, there is a minimum requirement of 12 months living and working in a rural or remote community. 

For further information please refer to the Fellowship Training Handbook

There are a number of alternatives available to registrars to gain experience in paediatrics, anaesthetics and O&G where a 10 week term has not been undertaken during the Core Generalist Training (CGT) year. Registrars must gain this equivalent experience prior to Fellowship, however, gaps in knowledge should be considered when preparing for assessments. 

When remediating gaps in CGT, evidence of training must be supported by a specific logbook and supervisor report. This documentation is then presented to the College Censor for approval and endorsement. 

For further information please refer to the Fellowship Training Handbook

The standard for all Fellowship assessments is of a doctor practising safely, confidently and independently in a full and diverse range of healthcare settings across Australia, with particular focus on rural and remote settings.

While you may attempt an assessment once the minimum training time eligibility, or equivalent Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) has been met for that modality, it is important to be well prepared prior to enrolling. Your Training Officer and Medical Educator will provide personalised advice on when, and in what training post, an assessment attempt is recommended.

A programmatic approach to the assessment requirements is also strongly recommended. For further information please refer to the Fellowship Training Handbook.

There are several modality specific assessment support programs offered to registrars by the College and Regional Training Organisations (RTOs). Some of these include formal study groups, mock exams and face to face workshops. 

The College recommends completion of the relevant support program the semester prior to the planned attempt, to allow familiarisation with the context and format of the assessment. Assessment support programs allow participants to receive individualised feedback on their performance and guidance on their continued preparation. 

The Registrar Committee also provides registrars with a guide for all ACRRM assessments. 

Registrars can be awarded a maximum of two years RPL on the AGPT program.

Registrars must submit an application for RPL through their training provider.

The training provider must support your application and check that it is complete and has the required supporting documentation, prior to submitting the application to the College.

View the Recognition of Prior Learning Policy here.

Application process

  • Step 1
    Online Application
    Application is a two-step process consisting of your personal details and the suitability assessment. ACRRM selects candidates for entry into the Fellowship program 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; possesses the personal characteristics associated with a successful career in rural or remote practice.
  • Step 2
    Referee Reports
    Applicants are required to provide names and contact details for two medical practitioner referees to support their application. Referees must have supervised you for four weeks or more in the past three years and not be related or a close friend. Referees will be provided with a survey to complete and return to the College. The information provided will be treated confidentially and will not be made available to the applicant under any circumstances.
  • Step 3
    Multiple Mini Interviews
    Shortlisted applicants will be invited to the Multiple Mini Interviews (MMI) stage. MMI is behavioural-based assessment consisting of six short interviews in which you have two minutes to read a scenario and eight minutes to respond. Questions are designed to allow you to display your ability to think logically about a topic and communicate your response and ideas effectively. The interviewers include College and Regional Training Organisation (RTOs) representatives. While details of the MMI questions will not be known to you until the day of the interview, you can prepare for MMIs by reading the selection criteria and relating your experiences to the key elements of the selection criteria.
  • Step 4
    Offers released
    Candidates are notified of the outcome of their application via email.

 

 

Key dates: 2023 intake 1

Application processDates
Applications open10am AEDT Monday 21 March 2022
Applications and suitability assessment close & fee due11:59pm AEST Tuesday 19 April 2022
Reports from Referees dueThursday 5 May 2022
Change of training region preference dueMonday 9 May 2022
Eligibility outcome released & interview invitation sent to shortlisted candidatesThursday 9 June 2022
Multiple Mini Interviews5 - 8 July 2022
Offer releasedThursday 28 July 2022
Acceptance of offers dueFriday 5 August 2022
Training commencesMonday 2 January 2023

Key dates: 2023 intake 2

Application processDates
Applications open10am AEDT Monday 1 August 2022
Applications and suitability assessment close & fee due11:59pm AEST Monday 29 August 2022
Reports from Referees dueThursday 15 September 2022
Change of training region preference dueMonday 19 September 2022
Eligibility outcome released & interview invitation sent to shortlisted candidatesThursday 6 October 2022
Multiple Mini Interviews1 - 4 November 2022
Offer releasedThursday 17 November 2022
Acceptance of offers dueFriday 25 November 2022
Training commencesMonday 2 January 2023

2023 Training places

Training regionACRRM placements
Eastern Victoria6
Western Victoria10
Lower Eastern NSW15
North Eastern NSW17
Western NSW10
North Western QLD46
South Eastern QLD 12
Northern Territory12
South Australia8
Tasmania6
Western Australia12
Total154