Funded by the Australian Government, the Australian General Practice Training (AGPT) program provides comprehensive and flexible training which leads to fellowship of either the Royal
Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) or the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM). Either fellowship allows a doctor to become vocationally registered as a general practitioner and practice unsupervised within Australia.
The training program is overseen by the Commonwealth Department of Health and is delivered by Regional Training Organisations (RTOs). In Australia, there are 9 RTOs. Eastern Victoria GP Training delivers training in eastern, north eastern and south eastern Melbourne metropolitan areas, the Mornington Peninsula, and Gippsland region of Victoria.
Both the RACGP and ACRRM set standards and training curriculum in accord with each College’s requirements. In addition, they manage the assessments and exams that lead to the awarding of fellowship of their respective College. It should be noted, however, that in order to obtain fellowship, a registrar is required to complete all assessments and complete all requirements of the training program. Information relating to the standards and curriculum can be found on each college website (RACGP and ACRRM) while more information about training program requirements can be found in the “Training with EV” section.
Benefits of undertaking GP training
- The GP training program meets the need for more GPs
- GP training is based on GP college curricula and delivered to college standards
- The endpoint of GP training is the fellowship of the GP colleges – either RACGP or ACRRM
- GPs train within practices whilst working towards fellowship
- Dedicated teaching time is allocated for registrars
- Quality supervisor by accredited GP supervisors
- Sub-specialties are possible
- Flexible training terms are available
- There are Government financial incentives in some regions
- GP training is one of the shortest training programs available 3-4 years