Once you are accepted into the AGPT program, you have the option to train towards a fellowship with:

The Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM)
The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP)

To be recognised as an Independent General Practitioner by Medicare Australia, Registrars must achieve one or more of the following fellowships provided by the two professional General Practice colleges in Australia.
• The Fellowship of the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine [FACRRM (4 year program)] and/or
• The Fellowship of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners [FRACGP (3 year program)].

ACRRM

Registrars who choose to train towards their FACRRM are required to complete four years of training.

The FACRRM is specifically designed to prepare registrars to practise competently and confidently in rural and remote medicine, often in locations of relative professional isolation.

The College – ACRRM

The Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM) is one of two colleges accredited by the Australian Medical Council (AMC) for setting professional medical standards for training, assessment, certification and continuing professional development in the specialty of general practice.

ACRRM also play an important role in supporting junior doctors and medical students considering a career in rural medicine.

ACRRM is committed to delivering sustainable, high-quality health services to rural and remote communities by providing:

  • quality education programs,
  • innovative support, and
  • strong representation for doctors who serve those communities.

A Fellowship of the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (FACRRM) is one of two vocational endpoints for GP registrar training. It is offered as part of the AGPT program and delivered through GPEx.

The Fellowship – FACRRM

Fellowship of the ACRRM allows a GP to:

  • work unsupervised in general practice
  • claim A1 Medicare rebates
  • use the post nominal ‘FACRRM’
  • be recognised as a Fellow through ACRRM reciprocal arrangements with New Zealand and Canada.

ACRRM also grant registrars Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) that acknowledges experience, training and assessment that applicants have already undertaken, which may provide exemptions from training time, assessment or other components listed in FACRRM completion of training.

Visit the ACRRM website to gain some insight into training for FACRRM, how to become a ACRRM member, RPL policy and career options.

Do you have questions?

If you have questions regarding the ACRRM qualification and/or how GPEx can help you achieve your FACRRM, contact us to discuss further.

RACGP

Registrars who choose to train towards the FRACGP are required to complete three years of training.

The FRACGP curriculum is designed to prepare registrars to competently deliver unsupervised general practice services in any urban, regional, rural or remote general practice setting.

Registrars can also choose to undertake an optional fourth year of Advanced Rural Skills Training (ARST) as part of the RACGP’s Fellowship in Advanced Rural General Practice (FARGP).

The College – RACGP

The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) is one of two colleges accredited by the Australian Medical Council (ACM) for setting professional medical standards for training, assessment, certification and continuing professional development in the specialty of general practice.

The FRACGP is one of the two vocational endpoints for GP registrar training. It is offered as a part of the AGPT program and delivered through GPEx.

The Fellowship – FRACGP

Fellowship of the RACGP allows a GP to:

  • work unsupervised in general practice
  • claim A1 Medicare rebates
  • use the post nominal ‘FRACGP’
  • be recognised as a Fellow through reciprocal arrangements with New Zealand, Ireland and Canada.

RACGP also grant registrars Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) that acknowledges experience, training and assessment that applicants have already undertaken, which may provide exemptions from training time, assessment or other components listed in FRACGP completion of training.

Visit the RACGP website to gain further insight into training for FRACGP, how to become a RACGP member, RPL policy and career options.

The Fellowship – FARGP

In addition to the FRACGP, GP registrars can also elect to train towards achieving a Fellowship in Advanced Rural General Practice (FARGP). The FARGP has a distinct pathway for general practice Registrars who wish to develop advanced rural skills and broaden options for safe, accessible and comprehensive care for Australia’s rural, remote and very remote communities.

Registrars who choose to train towards their FARGP are required to have first achieved their FRACGP.

Do you have questions?

If you have questions regarding the RACGP qualification and/or how GPEx can help you achieve your FRACGP, contact us to discuss further.

FACRRM and FRACGP dual fellowship

Registrars are able to undertake dual fellowships with both ACRRM and RACGP, where the training must be concurrent.
For more detail, please contact us to explore this further.

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