Rural Generalist and Extended Skills Posts

EV is keen to support registrars who wish to further develop skills in an area of special interest or to strengthen their existing knowledge by undertaking a 12 month advanced/additional (AST/ARST) or 6 month extended skills (ES) subject to availability.

Who can undertake these posts?

Rural pathway registrars on a RG pathway (FACRRM or FRACGP/FRACGP-RG) can undertake Advanced/Additional Skills posts.

  • FRACGP-RG Additional Rural Skills Training (ARST)
  • FACRRM Advanced Specialised Training (AST)

General and rural pathway registrars can undertake extended skills posts.

  • RACGP Extended Skills posts (ES)
  • ACRRM Core Generalist Training (CGT)

Eligible registrars for a 12 month Advanced/Additional Skills post must be on a rural generalist pathway, ie; FACRRM or as at 1 July 2022, the FRACGP-RG and will be expected to meet the curriculum requirements for their chosen discipline.

FRACGP – RG &  ARST Curriculums
FACRRM & AST Curriculums

Registrars wishing to undertake a 6 month Extended Skills post (ES) will be expected to achieve an end point (Certificate level or above) for their chosen discipline. For further details on ES posts, please contact EV directly.

For more information:

Registrars interested in either an AST/ARST or Extended Skills post are strongly encouraged to plan ahead with an EV Medical Educator/Training Advisor regarding their training plan.

Advanced/Additional Skills post are coordinated via the Victorian Rural Generalist Program (VRGP), subject to availability and funding.

Contact EV Staff:

General Pathway (Metro Region) Pauline Gunn,  1300 851 753

Rural Pathway (Gippsland Region) Julieanne McLuckie, M. 0429 102 751

Extended Skills posts are 6 months duration.

Registrars in the rural pathway can apply for Extended Skills Posts available in Gippsland. If the post is not available in Gippsland or has been filled, registrars may be able to apply to positions in Melbourne.

The following is a list of current skills posts. If the skill you are interested in is not listed, EV registrars are welcome to discuss the possibility further with EV staff.

  • Aboriginal Health – Gippsland Region
  • Academic Posts (Metro & Gippsland)
  • Aged Care – Gippsland Region
  • Disability – Metro Region
  • Drug and Alcohol Medicine – Metro Region
  • Emergency Medicine – Various locations (Metro & Gippsland)
  • Family Planning – Metro Region
  • Forensic Medicine – Metro Region
  • Obstetrics – Gippsland Region
  • Paediatrics – Metro Region
  • Palliative Care – Metro Region
  • Registrar Medical Educator (Metro & Gippsland)
  • Sexual Health – Metro Region
  • Skin Cancer – Various locations (Metro Region)

Registrars on a rural generalist pathway also have access to Advanced/Additional Skills posts which includes:

  • FRACGP-RG Additional Rural Skills Training (ARST)
  • FACRRM Advanced Specialised Training (AST)

Advanced/Additional Skills posts will be offered via the Victorian Rural Generalist Program (subject to funding and availability). Eligible registrars for a 12 month Advanced/Additional Skills post must be on a rural generalist pathway, ie; FACRRM or as at 1 July 2022, the FRACGP-RG and will be expected to meet the curriculum requirements for their chosen AST/ARST discipline which may include additional end points (Certificate level or above). For further information refer to the following links:

FRACGP – RG &  ARST Curriculums
FACRRM & AST Curriculums

Please refer to the Victorian Rural Generalist Program website for further details regarding eligibility, application process and practice match details/dates.

All posts aim to develop advanced/additional rural skills and broaden options for safe, accessible and comprehensive care meeting the needs of our rural and regional community.

It is expected that registrars have a least three years postgraduate experience particularly for AST/ARST and can demonstrate a strong commitment to rural/remote medical practice and reside or intend to reside within the Gippsland region.

Rural Generalist Advanced/Additional Posts (AST & ARST) – Gippsland

Gippsland posts listed below are subject to availability and funding via the Victorian Rural Generalist Program.

  • Adult Internal Medicine
  • Anaesthetics
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Obstetrics
  • Mental Health
  • Paediatrics
  • Palliative Care
  • GP Surgery

Rural Generalist Consolidation of Skills (RGC)

All trainees who have successfully completed an AST/ARST post may be eligible to apply for an RGC-funded position via the VRGP. The Rural Generalist Consolidation (RGC) program enables GP Rural Generalist registrars who have completed procedural advanced/additional skills training with opportunities to maintain their skills to transition to becoming independent Rural Generalists. This program was previously known as Consolidation of Skills (CoS).

Registrars are encouraged to discuss their RGC plans with an EV Medical Educator in the first instance.  Please refer to the Victorian Rural Generalist website for further details.