Planning Your GP Career
If you are thinking about a career in General Practice, why not start planning it now?
In Australia, pursuing a career in general practice means you will be required to gain a fellowship with either the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM) or the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP). In some instances, you may choose to gain fellowship through both colleges.
- Apply to the Australian General Practice Training (AGPT) program
Applications for the AGPT program are open from April to May each year to start training the following January. Interns are eligible to apply and start the first year of the PGY2 program.
- Mandatory hospital rotations for AGPT
Before starting your first general practice placement, there is a mandatory hospital requirement to be met. All registrars must gain exposure to paediatrics prior to commencing their GPT1/PRRT1 term, however, please refer to each College's particular mandatory hospital requirements for details.
- Hospital builds the foundation for your medical career
Beyond the mandatory hospital rotations required by the Colleges, there are no requirements to complete set rotations. It is important to remember that the experience and knowledge you gain in the hospital system is essential to your success in general practice.
- Information sessions
Come along to an information session and hear first-hand from a current registrar about their experiences in the AGPT program, and meet with one of our supervisors from a WAGPET accredited training facility. Our information sessions give prospective registrars the opportunity to ask questions face-to-face and meet other potential registrars. Sign up to our mailing list to find out when our next information session will be held.
- Rural hospital opportunities
The WA Country Health Service Postgraduate Medical Education Unit (PMEU) was established in September 2011 to support supervisors and junior doctors training in rural WA, as well as further develop the Rural Practice Pathway.
- Join our mailing list
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GP Training in WA
Australian General Practice Education and Training (AGPT) is a three to four-year program that provides training and education to prepare you to sit fellowship exams with either ACRRM or RACGP.
If you choose to undertake your training in Western Australia, the training program will be delivered by WAGPET. The AGPT program is designed to reflect the flexibility and variety a career in general practice offers, and enables you to tailor your training to build the best foundations for your future. You will also have the opportunity to undertake training across the length and breadth of the state.
Did you know you can apply for the AGPT program as an intern?Find out more
"Being a GP is very broad, but it is also very focussed"
Being a GP is very broad, but it is also very focussed. I already have my own patients; they see me as "their doctor". It is a very privileged role and I am honoured to take care of them. WAGPET is assisting me to do this more efficiently; to make sure I’m the best doctor I can be.”
Dr Yvette Bruce, GP registrarHow to Apply