EV offers training in the AGPT program in the Rural Pathway. See our training region here.

AGPT Rural Pathway

The Rural Pathway encompasses a large percentage of Australia reaching from towns in regional areas to remote locations. This pathway offers a range of benefits and opportunities commensurate with the work of rural general practice, for example:

  • being immersed into local communities and lifestyle benefits of country living;
  • access to specialist training such as mental health, addiction medicine, paediatrics, anaesthetics, surgery and obstetrics;
  • opportunity to develop and consolidate an extended scope of practice working more closely with local communities;
  • hospital and community-based primary care;
  • access to GP specialist training such as mental health, addiction medicine, paediatrics, anaesthetics, surgery and obstetrics;
  • contributing to addressing the health needs of communities with decreased access to health care;
  • working alongside retrieval medicine teams;
  • access to mentors and professional relationships which may not be possible in metropolitan areas; and
  • increased earning capacity—access to financial incentives not available in metropolitan locations.

Doctors who apply for the Rural Pathway can enrol with either of the colleges or both. If you are applying for the Rural Pathway, there is an expectation that you will live and work in the community.

Rural Pathway with EV

The Rural Pathway is for those who are committed and passionate about training and working in rural general practice. If you elect this pathway, you will be required to complete the majority of your training in rural areas with access to varied opportunities.

If you are an international medical graduate or foreign graduate from an accredited medical school subject to Section 19AB of the Health Insurance Act 1973, you will be required to elect the Rural Pathway for your GP training.

AGPT registrars’ training pathway does not affect the duration of training or where you can work later as a GP specialist but will determine the nature of the experiences you receive whilst training.

 

2020 EV AGPT Training Places

 

Hear from Rural Registrars

Kara Methven

Kara Methven
Wonthaggi Medical Group

Kara Methven

Wonthaggi Medical Group

General practice was always the long-term goal for me. I was interested from med school after we have speakers come in and talk about their work. Of all the varying disciplines, the GPs were the only ones that talked about the lifestyle aspect of their work and what general practice afforded them in this. They discussed flexibility in training, practice to allow for more family time; they talked about the different locations that they could work in (which is pretty much anywhere) and the variety of work that they got to face each day.

 

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I chose ACRRM because of its rural focus. I like working in a tight-knit community, where you get to look after generations in the one family, work with a small number of staff at the hospital; it feels like I really get to know the people around me. I’ve always wanted to live and work rurally and through medical school, I got to experience placements in remote Australia which I thoroughly enjoyed. These placements cemented my passion for rural practice. ACRRM provides the training to prepare GPs to work rurally and remotely; their program encourages GP registrars to attain extra skills and be able to provide services beyond the consulting room. 

I chose to do anaesthetics as a special post because I want to eventually work in remote Australia, and having these skills would give me more confidence in this practice. The post was full time anaesthetics for 12 months in a supervised position. It involved theatre and preadmission which prepares registrars well for GPA life. We had regular sim sessions which were great practice for the exam and for ingraining how to approach emergency situations. Learning to do epidurals was one of the most rewarding skills I’ve gained. To walk into a room where someone is in such distress (‘just do it already!’), and leave them in such comfort as I leave is such a great feeling…and to be honest, it doesn’t hurt the ego.

Overall, the on-the-job learning was invaluable, the practical side of general practice that you gain from your supervisors is not something that can be learnt in books. EV provides great support throughout training and the workshops provide great opportunity to swap stories with other registrars.

Damian Hannon

Damian Hannon
Tanjil Place Medical, Moe

Damian Hannon

Tanjil Place Medical, Moe

General practice was a career choice that took me by surprise. I always knew I liked variety and Emergency Medicine appealed to me for that very reason, however the lack of continuity of care felt quite unnatural for me. I had no connection with the patient beyond that initial encounter, the outcome of their condition and how they were afterwards remained unknown. I realised for me professional satisfaction was going to be gained by going along the entire journey with the patient and their families, not just by intervening at a snapshot in time. Also for me a work life balance was important. My partner and I had barely spent an evening or weekend together in years due to the shift based nature of hospital work.

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Since I began my training in a rural setting with EV in 2018, I have been offered the post of Registrar Medical Educator (RME) in the rural cohort for 2020. I chose the RME post medical education is a passion of mine. I also feel like if you want to constitute significant change and improvement in the system this is the best way to do so. Helping to educate and learn from each other is the best way we can help our patients.
A highlight of my career would be witnessing a patient, in a moderate depressive state, start to improve. It has been so rewarding to see this. As a GP you have a real opportunity to instigate change and the total privilege of being part of a patient’s life. The last few months of my career have been the most rewarding to date and I would strongly recommend a career in General Practice to any doctor considering their future career.

Pathways into rural general practice

Medical Students can visit the Gippsland Student Medical Network or learn about the Gippsland Rural Intern Program here.

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