Train in a specialty area of your choice

From Aboriginal health to obstetrics and gynaecology, the choice is yours. With these skills, you can better serve the WA community.

When you train with the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM), you will undertake the Advanced Specialised Training (AST) term over 12 months in which you will train in a specific discipline. This term can be undertaken following your hospital year and before commencing in community GP. It can also be undertaken following your community GP training time. Visit the ACRRM website to learn more.

When you train with the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP), you will undertake an additional six months of training to your 18 months of GP training. This is called Extended Skills. You can either choose to further develop your skills and knowledge in general practice or opt to work in a specialty, also known as Non-GP Extended Skills. Visit the RACGP website to learn more.

The Fellowship in Advanced Rural General Practice (FARGP) with RACGP gives you the opportunity to develop additional skills for safe, accessible and comprehensive care for Australia’s rural and remote communities. Your Advanced Rural Skills Training (ARST) term involves 12 months training in one or two sub-specialty at any point following your hospital year. Visit the RACGP website to learn more.

Advanced Rural Skills Training/Advanced Specialised Training

Advanced Rural Skills Training

If you are training towards RACGP fellowship and would like to add an additional qualification in rural and remote medicine, you can complete and an advanced skills training year in a choice of the disciplines and achieve the Fellowship of Advanced Rural General Practice.

Advanced Specialised Training

If you are training towards ACRRM fellowship, a year of Advanced Specialised Training is part of your training and is available in the following disciplines:

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health

Anaesthetics

Training Facility Region
Bunbury Regional Hospital Bunbury
Joondalup Health Campus Perth - Outer metro north

Emergency Medicine

Training Facility Region
Joondalup Health Campus Perth - Outer metro north
Albany Health Campus Albany
Armadale Health Service Perth
Broome Health Service Kimberley
Bunbury Regional Hospital South West
Busselton Hospital South West
Fiona Stanley Hospital Perth
Geraldton Hospital Geraldton
Hedland Health Campus Pilbara
Peel Health Campus Peel
St John of God Midland Perth - Outer metro east
Karratha Health Campus Pilbara
Hedland Health Campus Piblara
Rockingham General Hospital Outer Metro - South
Northam Health Service Central Wheatbelt

Internal Medicine

Training Facility Region
St John of God Midland Perth - Outer metro east
Joondalup Health Campus Perth - Outer metro north
Rockingham General Hospital Outer Metro - South
Northam Health Service - Adult Internal Medicine Central Wheatbelt

Mental Health

Training Facility Region
Joondalup Health Campus Perth - Outer metro north
St John of God Midland Perth - Outer metro east
Armadale Health Service Perth
Albany Health Campus Great Southern

Paediatrics

Training Facility Region
St John of God Midland Perth - Outer metro east
Armadale Health Service Perth

Palliative Care

Training Facility Region
Albany Health Campus Albany

Population Health

Training Facility Region
Geraldton Hospital Geraldton

Surgery

Training Facility Region
Albany Health Campus Albany
Bunbury Regional Hospital Bunbury

Extended skills


Extended Skills is a six-month term as part of RACGP fellowship training. Extended skills may be undertaken in a hospital based discipline before you enter community general practice, or in a community based term at the completion of your GPT1 – GPT3 terms.

Extended skills is an opportunity to gain exposure to a discipline without gaining an additional qualification.

Academic posts

An academic post is a great way to incorporate academic research into your GP training.

Both the RACGP and ACRRM have opportunities to undertake an academic post.

If you wish to undertake an academic post, you need to apply for a grant through your repsective college. Posts can be undertaken at Curtin University, the University of Notre Dame and the University of Western Australia.

Contact GP Careers for more information.