Future Applicant FAQs
Have a question about the AGPT program? Have a read of some of our commonly asked questions below.
- AGPT Application process
Q: How do I apply to the AGPT program?
A: Applications for the 2019 AGPT program open on Monday, 26 March 2018. Applications for the AGPT program must be submitted via the college/s you wish to gain fellowship with. For more information, visit the How to apply page.
Q: I haven’t completed the mandatory hospital experience, can I still apply?
A: Yes, as long as you meet the eligibility criteria, you are able to apply. You can complete the required mandatory hospital experience during the first year of the program, your Hospital Training Time/Core Clinical Training Time (HTT/CCTT). Please note that you will not be able to commence your General Practice Term/Primary Rural and Remote Training (GPT/PRRT) until you have completed the mandatory hospital experience.
Q: I currently hold a 457 Visa but gained my medical degree in Australia, can I apply to WAGPET?
A: No. Unfortunately, WAGPET is unable to provide a letter of support to Australian-trained 457 visa holders. For more information about 457 visa holder eligibility requirements, visit the AGPT website.
Q: What preparation should I do before applying to the program?
A: We recommend reading through the AGPT handbook and additional information available on the AGPT website. The handbook includes sample questions and gives you a good idea of what to expect in the assessments. Please refer to the ACRRM and RACGP websites for more information.
Q: Can I apply outside the national application dates?
A: No, all applications to the AGPT program must be made through the national application process.
Q: Do I have be already living in WA to apply to WAGPET?
A: No, you can submit your application online and complete your assessments in any state. You are expected to relocate to WA for your in-person interview and complete all of your training if you are successful.
- Section 19AB of Health Insurance Act 1973
Q: What is Section 19AB of the Health Insurance Act 1973 (the Ten Year moratorium) and how do I know if I am subject to it?
A: This Act restricts access to Medicare benefits and requires those subject to it to work in a district of workforce shortage (DWS) for a period of ten years from when they first become registered in Australia. It applies to overseas training doctors (OTDs) and foreign graduates of accredited medical schools (FGAMS) who gained their first Australian medical registration after 1 January 1997. If you are unsure about your moratorium status, please contact the Department of Health by email at 19AB@health.gov.au.
Q: Is it possible to be exempt from Section 19AB of the Health Insurance Act 1973 (the Ten Year moratorium)?
A: Yes, in some instances. You will need to email 19AB@health.gov.au stating you wish to apply for an exemption to the Act for the purposes of applying for the AGPT general pathway and state your reasons why you cannot work rurally. If you wish to gain an exemption in order to train on the general pathway, you will need to have received your exemption prior to applying to the AGPT. Please contact the Department of Health by email at 19AB@health.gov.au.
Q: If I get an exemption from the Section 19AB of the Health Insurance Act 1973 (the Ten Year moratorium) once on the program in the rural pathway, can I work in a metro area?
A: If you accept a place on the program on the rural pathway, you are bound by the rural pathway requirements. You are able to apply for a pathway transfer. However, transfers are not guaranteed.
- Recognition of prior learning
Q: I have already done 12 months hospital post general registration, can I go straight into my GP Terms / Primary Rural and Remote Terms?
A: No, when you apply for AGPT, you apply for the full 3-4 year training program. If have already completed 12 months post general registration you will be eligible to apply for recognition of prior learning (RPL), however, we cannot guarantee that you will be able to go straight into general practice as placement demand is high and there are a limited number of places. Therefore, you must have a hospital job lined up for the first year of the program. Please refer to the Enrolment, Placement and Employment Policy in the WAGPET GP Registrar Policy Handbook.
Q: If I apply for recognition of prior learning (RPL) for my Hospital Training Time/Core Clinical Training Time, am I guaranteed to start straight into my General Practice Term/Primary Rural and Remote Training?
A: No. Unfortunately we cannot guarantee that you will be able to go straight into a general practice term at the beginning of your training. Availability of these terms is limited and demand is high. Due to this uncertainty it is important that you have an employment contract with a hospital for your first year in the training program. Please refer to the Enrolment, Placement and Employment Policy in the WAGPET GP Registrar Policy Handbook.
- Mandatory hospital experience
Q: Can the rotations I did as an intern count as my mandatory hospital experience?
A: Yes, hospital experience gained prior to receiving your general registration can be counted. However, all participants on the AGPT must have completed at least PGY1 and PGY2.
Q: Do the two terms in an emergency department that sees paediatrics admissions have to be consecutive to be counted as my mandatory paediatrics experience?
A: No, your two emergency medicine terms do not have to be consecutive to fulfil mandatory paediatrics experience. However, you will be expected to actively try and gain as much paediatrics exposure as possible during both terms.
Q: Am I able to apply without having completed the mandatory hospital experience?
A: Yes, as long as you meet the eligibility criteria. You will be able to complete the required mandatory hospital experience during the first year of the program, your Hospital Training Time/Core Clinical Training Time (HTT/CCTT). Please note you will not be able to commence your General Practice Terms/Primary Rural and Remote Training (GPT/PRRT) until you have completed the mandatory hospital experience.
Q: If I am on the rural pathway, can I complete my hospital year in a metro hospital?
A: Yes, you will be able to complete your hospital year in a metro hospital. However, you will be required to complete the rest of your training in RA 2-5.
Q: If I do two terms in a emergency department that sees paediatric admissions, do they need to be consecutive to be counted as my mandatory paediatric experience?
A: No, the emergency medicine terms do not have to consecutive to fulfil mandatory paediatric experience. However, they each must be at least 10 weeks in length.
Q: Can my hospital experience overseas be counted as my mandatory hospital experience?
A: No. However, in some circumstances, some overseas hospital experience gained in general medicine, general surgery and emergency medicine may be counted towards mandatory hospital experience. This will be dependent on the appropriate college censor. All required paediatric experience must be undertaken in an Australian hospital.
- Cost and employment
Q: How much does general practice training cost?
A: The Australian government funds all GP training and education costs and requires no payments from GP registrars. AGPT program participants also receive a guaranteed salary while in training in accord with the National Terms and Conditions for the Employment of Registrars (NTCER). Applicants should note that both the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine and the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners charge an application, membership and fellowship exams fee. For more information, visit the ACRRM and RACGP websites.
Q: Who is my employer while I’m on the program?
A: GP registrars completing their Hospital Training Time/Core Clinical Training Time (HTT/CCTT) will be employed by a hospital. These applications are made through the Postgraduate Medical Council of Western Australia (PMCWA) centralised application process. GP registrars undertaking their General Practice Time/Primary Rural and Remote Training (GPT/PRRT) will be directly employed by an accredited training facility in line with the GPRA National Terms and Conditions for the Employment of Registrars. During their time on the AGPT program, a GP registrar’s employment is their own responsibility. However, WAGPET facilitates the placement process and will assist where required.
- ACRRM and RACGP
Q: Which fellowship should I choose?
A: Both fellowships will enable you to work as a vocationally registered GP anywhere in Australia. You will have to decide which fellowship you wish to train towards prior to applying to the AGPT program. You can train towards either or both fellowships on either pathway. Whichever pathway or fellowship you choose, you will be required to abide by the pathway and college requirements. Visit our Planning Your GP Career page for more information.
- Rural / general pathway
Q: Where can I train?
A: You can undertake your training at any WAGPET accredited training facility. For terms when you are completing GP Extended Skills, Advanced Rural Skills and Primary Rural and Remote Terms (hospital-based), you can complete training at any of the listed training facilities on the Facility Finder page. If your chosen practice for one of these extended or advanced terms is not currently accredited, please talk to your program training advisor (PTA) as to whether it can be accredited.
Q: I am in Australia as an international student, am I required to apply to the rural pathway?
A: Yes. All Australian graduates who begin their studies as temporary residents are subject to Section 19AB of the Health Insurance Act and therefore, can only apply to the AGPT rural pathway unless they have an exemption from the Minister of Health. If an exemption is granted before they apply, they may apply for the general pathway. For more information, please refer to the Department of Health website or email your specific query to 19AB@health.gov.au.
Q: Can I do FRACGP on the rural pathway?
A: Yes. If you choose to do FRACGP on the rural pathway, you will need to abide by the rural pathway requirements.
Q: Can I do FACRRM on the general pathway?
A: No. If you choose to train towards FACRRM, you can only train on the rural pathway with WAGPET.
Q: Am I required to train in rural areas?
A: On the rural pathway, you will be required to spend your training time in a rural area. On the general pathway, you are not required to go to a rural area, however, if you are passionate about rural community medicine, WAGPET will support you to train in rural areas.
Q: Can I take extended leave during my training program?
A: Yes, your WAGPET program training advisor (PTA) may approve an application for extended leave of up to 26 weeks. Please refer to the AGPT Program Leave Policy and Leave Policy in the WAGPET GP Registrar Policy Handbook for more information.
Q: Can I defer?
A: Generally, deferral of the commencement of training on the AGPT program is not permitted. However, deferral of the commencement of training may be considered under Clause 8 of the AGPT Program Leave Policy.
- Australian Defence Force
Q: I am in the Australian Defence Force. If I get deployed during my training, can my work on deployment count towards my training?
A: Possibly. We may be able to accredit deployment posts so they can count towards your training. You will be required to submit an extended skills application form to confirm who your supervisor is and complete a learning plan for the deployment. These posts can only be counted if the GP registrar has completed GPT1 and GPT2 terms.
Applications to the AGPT program opens on Monday, 26 March 2018 and closes on Monday, 30 April 2018 for 2019.
You can find out more information about the AGPT program on the AGPT website.
Click here for information on how to apply or refer to the Australian College of Rural & Remote Medicine (ACRRM) and/or the Royal Australian College of General Practice (RACGP) websites.