Mentoring Program

The mentoring program within the RGTP is designed to provide trainees with professional support, within the rural setting as they make the transition toward independent clinical practice.

You can download a copy of the guide here.

Mentoring Guide

NSW Rural Generalist (Medical) Training Program

For further information on the NSW Rural Generalist (Medical) Training Program you can download the 2016 Training Prospectus here.


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Rural Generalist Training Program

Rural Generalist trainees, mentors and the Minister for Health in a group shot.

The NSW Rural Generalist Training Program (RGTP) aims to build a sustainable medical workforce that meets the healthcare needs of rural communities. The program is a supported pathway to a career as a General Practitioner providing primary care in a rural community and advanced procedural services at the local health service.

The training posts are located across rural NSW and meet approved standards determined by the relevant medical colleges in the following specialties.

  • Anaesthetics
  • Obstetrics
  • Advanced Skill Set (Obstetrics & Emergency Medicine)

The program provides 30 full time equivalent supernumerary training posts state-wide each year. Positions are advertised as part of the annual Junior Medical Officer (JMO) recruitment campaign and are listed individually by the Local Health Districts with the position title of Rural Generalist.

Definition of a Rural Generalist

A Rural Generalist is a medical practitioner with the extended range of advanced skills and knowledge required to provide primary care to a rural community whilst being credentialed at the local health service to provide procedural / advanced skills in selected areas.

Position – Rural Generalist
Speciality – General Practice

The Program

The Rural Generalist Training program is a supported career pathway which resulting in qualifications that enable working as a Medical Practitioner in a General Practice setting and in a hospital providing secondary medical care in a rural town in NSW. Primary care training and an advanced skill (at present either obstetrics, or anaesthetics, or obstetrics and emergency medicine) is required with training co-ordinated individually from entry to completion of the program, attaining Fellowship of either RACGP and FRCAP or ACRRM.

Training Pathway

Interested Rural Generalist applicants are required (as a minimum) to have completed a hospital based training internship at PGY1. Successful applicants may enter Rural Generalist Training at PGY2 or PGY3 or later. Trainees will receive an employment contract with the LHD for the advanced skills training in the hospital, an agreement from their RTP/GP Training Provider and a letter of acceptance to the Rural Generalist Training Program.

  • Potential Entry at PGY2 aligned with GP Vocational training or,
  • Entry at PGY3#– One year of Procedural / Advanced skills training in either:

                - Anaesthetics or

                - Advanced Obstetrics or

                - Advanced Skill Set in Obstetrics/Emergency Medicine

                 # Entry to advanced skills training in PGY4/5 will be considered in suitable positions

                * To achieve requirements for FACCRM or FARGP this year is essential.

  • PGY4/5 – Community General Practice training and credentialed to provide procedural services with appropriate supervision at a rural facility
  • Fellowship FACRRM or FRACGP & FARGP
  • Employment as a GP/VMO (Visiting Medical Officer)

The State-wide Director and Regional Directors provide leadership for trainees and assist in establishing individual learning plans to facilitate networking activities and to ensure that training aligns with employment opportunities where there are identified workforce and community needs. Assistance will be given to identify employment opportunities in a rural General Practice with VMO status to provide procedural / advanced skills at a rural hospital at the conclusion of the rural generalist training program. Each trainee is offered a mentor, preferably a rural generalist, to offer pastoral advice and support.

Regional Training Providers

The Regional Training Providers (RTPs) work together with the Local Health Districts to accredit specialty areas for procedural / advanced skills training, to support the supervisors at the training posts, to monitor log books and training progress and to assist individuals in meeting learning objectives leading to certification as a Rural Generalist.

Accredited Advanced skills posts for anaesthetics, obstetrics and emergency medicine have been allocated around rural NSW, in alignment with workforce need and service need of the community. For further information about individual advanced skills posts click here.

The Trainee will have specialist supervisors at the hospital where procedural / advanced skills training is undertaken and will work with the RTP medical educator for the duration of the hospital training contract.


Applicants must:

  • demonstrate an interest in rural communities and rural clinical practice
  • intend to provide procedural services in a rural community
  • be registered with the Medical Board of Australia
  • be enrolled in General Practice Education Training (FACRRM or FRACGP & FARGP)

NB: An interest in advanced skills training in anaesthetics, or obstetrics, or obstetrics and emergency medicine is a requirement of the position.

General Practice Training

To be eligible to apply to the NSW Rural Generalist Training Program you must be currently enrolled in one of the following three General Practice (GP) Vocational Training programs or in the process of applying with acceptance into the RGTP contingent upon successful acceptance to a GP training program.

  • The Australian General Practice Training (AGPT) program is a commonwealth funded vocational training program for medical graduates who are interested in becoming a General Practitioner in Australia.

    Applications to AGPT for 2015 closed 9 May 2014

  • Remote Vocational Training Scheme (RVTS) is a commonwealth funded vocational training program that enables doctors to access training while continuing to provide general medical services to their rural or remote community. For further information, go to the RVTS website or call 02 6057 3400.

    Applications for the 2015 intake open on 16 June 2014 and close 13 July 2014.

  • Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM) Independent Pathway is a full-fee pathway that will suit experienced doctors who prefer self-directed learning and flexibility. For further information

    Applications for the 2015 cohort open on the 18 August 2014, and close at 5pm AEST on Monday 7 September 2014.

Rural Generalist positions will be advertised as part of the JMO recruitment campaign at

Training End Points

Rural Generalist trainees may choose either of the following end points:

Additional Information

For further information download the program flyer and fact sheet from the box on the right hand side menu

MIMS online


Advanced Skills Training 2017 

Recruitment Opening Soon


Information on the annual JMO recruitment campaign can be found here.


Applications Open: 21 July 2016

Applications Close: 11 August 2016


For enquiries please contact Karyn Sherman


Applications are to be submitted online through the NSW JMO Recruitment program