Certain hospital / core generalist training experience is considered mandatory preparation for the AGPT program and must be satisfactorily completed before commencing any GP placements. Each rotation should be 10-13 weeks duration (full-time equivalent) and undertaken in an accredited Australian and/or New Zealand hospital. (ED is an exception and requires only 8 week terms.)

1. General medicine
Preferably a general medicine rotation or, if unavailable, a rotation that offers broad medical experience.

2. General surgery
General surgery is preferred or, if unavailable, a surgical rotation that covers the principles of basic surgical care.

3. Emergency
A minimum 8 week term in an Emergency Department (ED).

4. Paediatrics
A paediatric rotation must be undertaken in an accredited hospital and include child and adolescent health experience, with a high proportion of paediatric emergency attendances. It is acknowledged that securing a paediatric rotation can be difficult and not always possible.

An alternative is to complete two ED rotations. ED rotations need to be undertaken in a department with a high percentage of paediatric presentations and the placement duration will depend on whether you are enrolled with RACGP and/or ACRRM. There may be other alternatives so it is recommended that you check whether your paediatric experience meets the requirements for training in Eastern Victoria with EV and/or the relevant college.

5. Additional hospital rotations
In addition, registrars must obtain hospital disciplines in a variety of other areas to demonstrate a breadth of experience. It is recommended that disciplines offer skills relevant to general practice. For example: obstetrics and gynaecology (O&G), psychiatry, aged care or rehabilitation. Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM) registrars must undertake anaesthetics and O&G experience during their training but this does not need to be done before starting a general practice rotation.

If unsure about your hospital experience and whether or not you meet the requirements please contact us.