Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine

Fellowship of the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (FACRRM)

GP registrars enrolled in the Australian General Practice Training (AGPT) program and working towards completion of the FACRRM undertake a four-year program which includes a year of specialised training to prepare for rural general practice. The fellowship allows you to work as a vocationally-registered GP anywhere is Australia.

The program normally comprises of:

Core Clinical Training (CCT) 12 months
Primary Rural and Remote Training (PRRT) 2 x six months
Primary Rural and Remote Training (PRRT) 2 x six months
Advanced Specialised Training* (AST) 12 months

*The Advanced Specialised Training year can be undertaken after the CCT time and before commencing PRRT time.

For a detailed overview of all ACRRM training requirements by term, visit their website. For a detailed overview of all aspects of the assessment process, please refer to the Fellowship Assessment Handbook.

Core Clinical Training Time
  • twelve months hospital
  • must be done at the beginning of the training program
  • complete mandatory hospital experience if not already done
    • anaesthetics*
    • emergency medicine
    • general medicine
    • general surgery
    • obstetrics and gynaecology*
    • paediatrics
  • applicants are required to have a position lined up which will count as Core Clinical Training Time for the first semester of the program.

*Can be completed later in training but must be done before completion of training

For your Core Clinical Training Time, you will be required the comply with ACRRM's relevant policies.

Primary Rural and Remote Terms 1-4
  • twenty-four months in rural and remote training facilities
  • divided into 4 x six-month terms referred to as your:
    • Primary Rural and Remote Term 1 (PRRT1) - first six months
    • Primary Rural and Remote Term 2 (PRRT2) - second six months
    • Primary Rural and Remote Term 3 (PRRT3) - third six months
    • Primary Rural and Remote Term 4 (PRRT4) - forth six months
  • minimum six months in a general practice training facility
  • training facility must be accredited by WAGPET and ACRRM prior to starting.

For your Primary Rural and Remote Terms 1-4, you will be required the comply with ACRRM's relevant policies.

Advanced Specialised Training

Brief summary of the Advanced Specialised Training:

  • twelve months training in one of the specified disciplines
  • training facility must be accredited by WAGPET and ACRRM prior to starting
  • can be undertaken after the CCT time and before commencing PRRT time.

The current list of disciplines in which you can do your ARST or AST in WA are:

  • Aboriginal health
  • anaesthetics
  • emergency medicine
  • obstetrics
  • small town general practice
  • surgery.

Please refer to the list of Accredited Advanced Skills Training (AST) Training Facilities.

If you find a suitable training facility that is not already accredited and fulfils both ACRRM and WAGPET requirements where you would like to undertake your AST, please let us know in advance. The minimum time required to accredit a new practice is six months.

Advanced Specialised Training Curricula

For your Advanced Specialised Training Terms, you will be required the comply by ACRRM's relevant policies.

ACRRM requirements

For a detailed overview of all ACRRM training requirements, visit the ACRRM website.

ACRRM assessments

For a detailed overview of all aspects of the assessment process please refer to ACRRM’s Fellowship Assessment Handbook.

ACRRM training policies

If you are training towards a fellowship with ACRRM, you will be required to fulfil the ACRRM’s training requirements as well as WAGPET’s training requirements.