Rural generalism

What does GP vocational training in rural Western Australia have to offer?

Rural generalism

General practice is a diverse profession and Western Australia is a diverse state. Undertaking GP training in WA offers you a unique experience of learning from excellent and experienced practising GPs in the beautiful west part of Australia. In your training, you will have the opportunity to work and live in many different parts of the state, from Albany to Port Hedland and everywhere between. You can mould your practice to suit your professional, personal and family needs. There are opportunities to practise independently in a variety of urban and rural areas from admitting your own patients to the local hospital in a rural town to working in a corporate practice in Perth. You can train and develop advanced skills, such as obstetrics and anaesthetics. The ability to practise as a GP obstetrician or anaesthetist is available in urban areas as well as rural areas of WA.

You may have chosen the rural pathway and are very clear that a career as a rural GP is for you. If you have chosen the general pathway, you can also train anywhere in rural WA locations. 

The WA Rural Generalist (WARG) program is a partnership between WAGPET, the WA Country Health Service, Rural Clinical School, the Western Australian Primary Health Alliance, Rural Health West and the GP colleges to provide a supported training pathway from medical school to fellowship.

A rural generalist is a medical practitioner who is operating at the height of their scope providing both comprehensive general practice and emergency care.  A career as a rural generalist means you’re at the frontline of ensuring equal health access in regional, rural and remote Australia.

If you are attaining fellowship through ACRRM, congratulations you’re already training on the WARG program. If you’re training towards an RACGP fellowship, intention and completion of the Fellowship in Advanced Rural General Practice (FARGP) places you on the WARG program.

The WARG program provides a clearly mapped training journey, on-the-job training, the highest quality mentoring, and outstanding opportunities to develop advanced skills. It’s a tailored, highly personalised, vocational training program.

Please refer to the 2020.1 WAGPET GP Registrar Handbook for more information on becoming a rural generalist on the AGPT program.

Contact our Rural Program Manager to discuss how you can commence rural generalism training with WAGPET.

Rural Registrar Support Payment

Financial support is available to you if you choose to work in designated rural and remote locations. This payment is based on your training location, Modified Monash Model (MMM) classification, training term level and training full-time equivalent (FTE) weeks. The support payment assists with some of the costs incurred in working and living rurally.  

For further details, please refer to the GPR8.0 Registrar Rural Support Payment Policy in the WAGPET GP Registrar Policy Handbook and the Modified Monash (MM) classification at doctorconnect.gov.au.