Contact

1800 472 247 | +61 (03) 8699 0300
racgp@racgp.org.au

Website http://www.racgp.org.au
Location 100 Wellington Parade, East Melbourne VIC 3002
College Description Representing more than 40,000 members, the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) is Australia’s largest professional general practice organisation and represents urban and rural general practitioners. The RACGP's mission is to improve the health and wellbeing of all people in Australia by supporting GPs, general practice registrars and medical students through its principal activities of education, training and research and by assessing doctors' skills and knowledge, supplying ongoing professional development activities, developing resources and guidelines, helping GPs with issues that affect their practice, and developing standards that general practices use to ensure high quality healthcare.
Fellowship Name Fellowship of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (FRACGP) & Fellowship of Advanced Rural General Practice (FARGP)
Fellowship Description The attainment of FRACGP demonstrates to governments, the general practice profession, and Australian and overseas communities that a GP has met the required level of competence to practise safely and unsupervised in any Australian general practice setting – metropolitan, rural, remote and very remote communities. It also confers the ability to access specialist medical registration. The FARGP provides an opportunity to develop additional procedural or non-procedural skills, emergency medicine skills and to build greater connections with your community. The FARGP offers the greatest benefits when completed over the full period of the training program, well before you start preparing for your final FRACGP exams.
Indigenous entry pathway No

General Information for Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander & Māori Trainees / Registrars

Program description

The Australian General Practice Training (AGPT) Program is an Australian government initiative which provides training for doctors to achieve general practice Fellowship and gain specialist registration.

The AGPT Program is three to four years of full-time training offered in metropolitan, rural, remote and very remote locations nationally. It comprises hospital training, general practice placements and extended skills training.

Training is undertaken with a regional training organisation (RTO) as a combination of self-directed and face-to-face training within accredited medical facilities by accredited supervisors. You can apply to the AGPT Program any time from intern year onwards.

 

Entry Requirements

The AGPT Program is an Australian Government initiative and entry into the program and in accordance with the Department of Health Eligibility Guidelines.

Visit racgp.org.au and search ‘AGPT’ for further information and to download a copy of the latest selection guide.

 

Indigenous Entry Pathways Description

Not applicable.

 

Key Dates

AGPT application dates can vary year to year; however, applications usually open in late March or early April each year and remain open for a period of five weeks.

RACGP Fellowship examinations are held twice each year:

  • February and July for written examination
  • May and November for clinical examination

 

Placement Requirements

The General Practice Training in Australia – the Guide provides detailed information regarding the training program delivery and requirements.

 

Assessment and Completion

Successful completion of the RACGP Fellowship exams is required for FRACGP. The RACGP Fellowship exams consist of three segments:

  • a multiple choice exam; the Applied Knowledge Test (AKT) (online segment)
  • a short answer written exam; Key Feature Problem (KFP) (online segment)
  • the Objective Structured Clinical Exam (OSCE).

 

Enrolment and Training Fees

Eligible candidates are required to pay a fee of $725 to participate in the Candidate Assessment and Applied Knowledge Test (CAAKT), which is part of the RACGP selection process each year.

The exam associated fees (AUD) are:

  • KFP $2330
  • AKT $2330
  • OSCE $4770

Alternative payment option are available for CAAKT and/or examination candidates experiencing financial hardship.

 

Other information

The RACGP is committed to raising awareness of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health needs and as a result, RACGP Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health (Faculty) was formed in February 2010, to help ‘close the gap’. The Faculty partners with leading Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health peak bodies to ensure the growth of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander general practitioner workforce and advocates on critical issues affecting in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health.  In addition, the Faculty provides dedicated support to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander doctors and registrars throughout their general practice training journey.

For more information visit the website.

The Department of Health through the AGPT program is making a significant contribution through national and regional initiatives that aim to increase the number of registrars training in Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services. For more information visit the website.

 

Support for Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander & Māori Members

Indigenous Mentoring Programs, networks, support programs etc

Yagila Wadamba program is a two-day workshop that offers exam preparation and peer support at no cost.

gplearning is the RACGP’s online interactive continuing professional development learning tool.  Free to RACGP members, gplearning offers the Exam Support Online (ESO) program, which affords candidates the opportunity to learn about the elements of the Applied Knowledge Test (AKT) and the Key Feature Problems (KFP) and trial some practice questions with feedback.

Resources and guides specific to the health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, including;

  • An introduction to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural protocols and perspectives
  • National guide to a preventive health assessment for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people (3rd Edition)
  • Webinars on issues related to GPs and other health professionals working in the Aboriginal Community Controlled health Services (ACCHS)
  • The Introduction to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultural Awareness Active Learning Module (ALM

RACGP Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health has established cooperative partnerships with leading Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health peak bodies in recognition of our joint commitment to Close the Gap in health inequality, including:

  • Australian Indigenous Doctors’ Association (AIDA)
  • Indigenous General Practice Registrars Network (IGPRN)
  • National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO)

 

College Scholarships

Each year the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander faculty offers awards and grants to a Fellow, member of the RACGP or an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander person who has contributed to improving health outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Through the generous donation of Dr Nathan Pinskier and Mrs Susan Pinskier, the Growing Strong award is aimed at supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander registrars, and complements the RACGP’s existing Standing Strong Together award and is open to Fellows or an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander person working towards improving health outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.  The award is presented to the recipient each year at the RACGP’s annual conference, with the recipient receiving support to attend the conference (including airfares, accommodation and registration), with all residual funding going towards the recipient’s examination fees.

 

Financial Assistance

The RACGP offers alternative payment arrangements for candidates facing financial hardship.

 

Contacts for Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander & Māori Members

Indigenous Fellow/Specialist

RACGP Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Faculty can organise contact with State/Territory based Indigenous Fellows:

1800 00 251 | aboriginalhealth@racgp.org.au

 

Indigenous Trainees College Contact

RACGP Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health
100 Wellington Parade, East Melbourne VIC 3002
1800 00 251 | aboriginalhealth@racgp.org.au

 

General College Contact

1800 472 247
racgp@racgp.org.au