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General Practice Training Program

As a GP Registrar you can have the opportunity for a wide range of experiences as you prepare for Fellowship, and to practice independently.

As a Rural GP Registrar, there is a diverse range of presentations to challenge you and opportunities to broaden your skills. Your training posts can be in a variety of communities, practices and environments. You can work in Indigenous health in remote areas or in rural and regional general practice, where interest and skills in areas like obstetrics and anaesthetics are an important part of the community’s healthcare resources.

For many, the patient relationship is the main difference between hospital work and general practice. Caring for patients means being part of a continuous process of helping them stay healthy, managing their health issues and getting specialist and allied healthcare when needed.

Lifestyle choices and community involvement feature in a Rural GP's life in a way that often isn’t possible in the other specialties. There are many challenges and rewards of life in a country practice and the nature of rural general practice engages a GP in community life and grassroots issues - offering a sense of belonging which is unique to country living.

Applicants to GP training can apply for either a general or rural pathway, the main difference being where the majority of training is completed.

The rural pathway is for Registrars wishing to undertake their training in rural New South Wales (NSW). In a rural pathway, Registrars are required to complete a minimum of 18 months of their GP term training in regional or rural locations (RA 2-5 areas) and are eligible for generous government financial incentives. Overseas trained doctors affected by the 10 year moratorium are only eligible to apply for rural pathways.

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NSW Regional Training Organisations

Following the Federal Government restructure of the Regional Training Provider (RTP) network and a competitive tendering process, in 2015 GP Synergy was appointed to deliver training in regional NSW.
Phone: 1300 477 963 |  Email  |  Website

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More Doctors for Rural Australia Program

The More Doctors for Rural Australia Program (MDRAP) is a new 3GA program that enables doctors who are non-vocationally registered to work in rural regions and access Medicare. The program is part of the Stronger Rural Health Strategy. MDRAP commenced on 29 April 2019 and is administered by the Rural Workforce Agencies in each state and the Northern Territory. The program is open to Australian citizens and residents, and International Medical Graduates (IMGs) – including permanent and temporary residents – who meet the guidelines for the program.

In NSW, the MDRAP is administered by RDN. Please contact the Workforce team to discuss eligibility. More information on MDRAP.

To enquire email RDN on 02 4924 8000.

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General Practice Rural Incentives Program

The General Practice Rural Incentives Program (GPRIP) is an Australian Government incentive with a GP Registrar component which aims to increase the number of registrars training in rural and remote areas through the provision of financial incentives.

To be eligible, registrars must undertake eligible training placements under either the rural or general pathways of the Australian General Practice Training (AGPT) Program.

Incentive payments are scaled according to the location of training, length of time spent training in rural and remote locations, and Full Time Equivalence of training placements.

More information on GPRIP.

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Remote Vocational Training Scheme

The Remote Vocational Training Scheme (RVTS) is an alternative pathway to FRACGP / FARGP and FACRRM for GP registrars.


The Remote Vocational Training Scheme is a vocational training program for medical practitioners in remote and isolated communities throughout rural and remote Australia.  The purpose of the program is to train doctors in remote communities for remote communities. The training provided meets the requirements for Fellowship of both ACRRM and RACGP.

The four-year program delivers structured distance education and supervision to doctors while they continue to provide general medical services to a remote and/or isolated community. 

The goals of the program are:

  • To facilitate access to vocational training by all doctors across Australia
  • To contribute to the recruitment and retention of rural and remote doctors
  • To improve the quality of services available to remote communities by enabling access to vocational training and ensuring continuity of medical services.

More information on RVTS

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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Registrars

The RACGP National Faculty of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health has established the Indigenous Fellowship Excellence Program to assist Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander registrars perform to their full potential in the Fellowship exams while at the same time developing a network of peer support across the country.

Participation enables Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander registrars to identify how to study effectively to perform well in the FRACGP exam, along with receiving dedicated mentoring support.

Involvement in the program is FREE.

For more information or to register, email the RACGP or call 1800 000 251.

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Membership of the NSW Rural Doctors Network

If you are a registrar in rural general practice, the NSW Rural Doctors Network (RDN) is the organisation you should join!

Membership of RDN is open to registrars, is FREE (there is no annual subscription fee) and provides you with many benefits, including:

  • various professional and social opportunities to network with other like-minded medical professionals involved in rural health
  • subsidised attendance at RDN's excellent annual Continuing Professional Development (CPD) conferences
  • weekly electronic bulletin updates on rural medical workforce issues and RDN activities
  • voting rights at the RDN Annual General Meeting.

Register online to become an RDN member now!

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General Practice Registrars Australia (GPRA)

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