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The Australian General Practice Training (AGPT) program is a world-class vocational training program for medical graduates wishing to pursue a career in general practice in Australia. It is the leading training program for GP registrars in Australia and it is managed nationally by the Commonwealth Department of Health.

About the program

AGPT is a 3-4 year program, combining training in both hospital and general practice environments. During training, registrars acquire valuable practical experience in different training locations, including teaching hospitals, rural and urban practices, and specialised medical centres that provide health care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and people from socially disadvantaged groups. Registrars also acquire experience in extended skills/advanced specialised training, and can pursue other areas of relevant interest such as procedural general practice and academic posts.

GP training

• is conducted within accredited hospital and general practice based posts with skilled and accredited general practitioners as supervisors in general practice posts and general practice friendly specialists in hospital posts
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• includes self-directed learning, regular face-to-face educational activities and in-practice education
• involves relevant college assessments throughout or at the end of training to achieve fellowship and eligibility for specialist (general practitioner) registration
• is funded by Government and registrars are paid while they train

Delivery of the program

Across Australia Training Organisations (TOs) deliver Australian General Practice Training. Each TO is an independent company contracted by the Commonwealth government Department of Health to offer comprehensive education and training programs to equip registrars with the skills required to become independent General Practitioners through completion of the fellowship requirements of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (FRACGP) and/or Fellowship of the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (FACRRM).