Australian General Practice Training
An introduction to the Australian General Practice Training (AGPT) program.
The Australian General Practice Training (AGPT) program provides training and education to prepare doctors to sit Fellowship exams with the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM) and/or the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) to gain specialist registration as a general practitioner.
WAGPET delivers the AGPT program in Western Australia and offers registrars the opportunity to complete training at quality-accredited training facilities across the breadth of WA.
Offered as a three or four-year program, it is designed to reflect the flexibility and variety a career in general practice offers. The AGPT program allows registrars to tailor their training to build the best foundations for their future.
You can apply to the AGPT program in your intern year (PGY1), or at any time after this. To be eligible, you must:
- have general registration with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA), or be eligible to be granted it by the time you are due to commence the training program.
- be an Australian or New Zealand citizen/permanent resident, or be granted your permanent residency by close of applications.
WAGPET is unable to provide a letter of support to Australian-trained 457 visa holders. For a list of Regional Training Providers able to provide letters of support, visit the AGPT website
- Application process
Applications for the 2018 AGPT program are now closed.
Applications are made through the college/s that you wish to achieve fellowship with:
- Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM)
- Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP)
Click here for an overview of the 2018 AGPT Application Process for both colleges.
Your application information will be used to assess your eligibility for the AGPT program; this eligibility check will be undertaken by the Department of Health. If eligible, you will then be able to undertake your chosen college/s entrance assessments.
The AGPT and WAGPET policies and training obligations will continue to apply to all registrars accepted onto the AGPT program in WA.
If you are successful in gaining a place on the AGPT program, you must ensure you have a hospital-based position organised for your first year. A GP placement on entering the AGPT with WAGPET is not guaranteed in the first year of training. Please refer to the GP Ready Registrars and Placement Priority Policy.
If you would like to receive updates on the 2018 AGPT selection process for WA, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- General / rural pathways
When you apply for a place on the AGPT program, you must decide to apply for a place on either the General Pathway or the Rural Pathway. Both pathways have set training location obligations as specified in the Training Obligations Policy.
The pathway you choose as a registrar does not impact on where you can later work as a qualified GP, but will determine the nature of the experiences you receive whilst training.
- Prerequisites for training
Mandatory Hospital Experience
Prior to commencing your General Practice Term/Primary Rural and Remote Training (GPT/PRRT) within the program, there are certain hospital rotations you are required to complete. These rotations are:
- general medicine
- general surgery
- emergency medicine
These mandatory hospital rotations do not have to be completed before application and entry into the AGPT program.
In addition, there are certain rotations required by the Colleges as part of the College Fellowship requirements.
- Recognition of prior learning
If you are Post Graduate Year (PGY2) or above when you apply for the program, you may be eligible for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). RPL is an acknowledgment of the professional skills and knowledge already attained, enabling you to reduce your time on the training program. Your eligibility for RPL is to be discussed with your WAGPET Program Training Advisor (PTA) at Induction Day after you are accepted onto the training program. Applications for RPL are processed by WAGPET medical educators and then forwarded for approval by the relevant College. Please refer to the General Practice Ready Registrars and Placement Priority Policy for more information.
If you are training towards FACRRM, you may submit RPL for your Core Clinical Training (CCT), Primary Rural and Remote Terms (PRRT) or Advanced Specialised Training (AST) time. You must discuss the amount of time you wish to apply for RPL with your WAGPET Program Training Advisor (PTA) as you need to be sure that you have adequate time remaining in the training program to complete your College assessments and WAGPET's training and educational requirements. You cannot receive RPL for your intern year.
If you are training towards FRACGP and are PGY2 and above, up to one year of your earlier work experience in the Australian hospital environment, post general registration, may be recognised as your Hospital Training Time (HTT) and/or Extended Skills (ES) requirements. The maximum amount of time that you can claim for RPL with the RACGP is 12 months. General Practice terms are not eligible for RPL.
If you intend to apply for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for hospital time, you must still ensure you have a hospital position lined up for your first training term on the program as we are unable to guarantee you a GP placement. Please refer to the General Practice Ready Registrars and Placement Priority Policy.
If you plan to apply for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL), you will need to submit your draft ACRRM RPL form or RACGP RPL form when you accept your place on the AGPT with WAGPET.
- Program support
WAGPET offers you choice in where you will train, as well as the opportunity to sample different settings over your time in the program. All training facilities are accredited by the Colleges and recognised for the quality training experiences they offer.
Across your General Practice Term/Primary Rural and Remote Training (GPT/PRRT), you will have a dedicated GP supervisor. All GP supervisors meet the relevant College requirements for quality supervision and training. As you progress in the program, the level of supervision, you require will reduce.
- Education and support
Quality education and support is provided via an innovative GP training delivery approach.
- Part-time training / leave entitlements
GP registrars are required to complete their GP365 education in the first 12 months regardless of whether they are working full or part-time. This is to ensure all GP registrars in the first 12 months have the equivalent levels of education to support safe quality practice.
Please be aware that all applicants are accepted in to the program on a full-time basis and will need to apply to become part-time.
Refer to the AGPT Program Leave Policy.
Colleges and Program Structure
To gain specialist registration as a general practitioner in Australia, you need to obtain Fellowship with either the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (FACRRM) and/or the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (FRACGP). The AGPT program has been developed to meet the training and education outcomes set by the Colleges.
The FRACGP is a three-year program, with the option to study an additional year to gain Fellowship in Advanced Rural General Practice (FARGP).
The FACRRM is a four-year program, specifically designed for those who are committed to practising rurally.Find out more
"It is the best training program that I have ever experienced."
“It has been a great experience and journey during my training with WAGPET. I joined in January 2013 as a WAGPET GP registrar and I will say it is the best training program that I have ever experienced.
"The College and WAGPET have been very supportive. It is a very structured training program. The various practices that I have worked have been fantastic and you also have various teaching sessions outside of the practice including a day of regional training each month in addition to workshops at WAGPET.”
Dr Michael Kurian, GP registrar 2013-2015