rural banner

NSW Rural Generalist Medical Training Program

The NSW Rural Generalist Medical Training Program (RGTP) provides a supported training pathway for junior doctors wishing to pursue a career as a rural general practitioner with an advanced skill who provides primary care in a community general practice setting as well as advanced services and/or procedural skills within a rural hospital.

The program is up to four years depending on the year of entry. It comprises a year of hospital practice or general practice, a year of advanced skills training and two years of support to consolidate advanced skills while training in community general practice or other approved training posts. There is flexibility to enter later in general practice training if eligible trainees are identified and positions are available.

Successful trainees exit with a Fellowship with either the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (FRACGP)/Fellowship of Advanced Rural Practice (FARGP) or the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (FACRRM) and qualifications in at least one advanced skill.  Find out more about our Training Pathways here.

There are two entry points to the Program. Junior doctors can apply for the Rural Generalist Foundation Year or for direct entry to the Advanced Skills Training year.  Earliest entry into the program is in the Foundation Year with commencement at postgraduate year two (PGY2) which aligns with entry into general practice training.  Applicants wishing to commence the Foundation Year in PGY2 will apply during their PGY1 year.

Trainees need to be enrolled, or planning to enrol, and working toward meeting the requirements of Fellowship with either the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (FRACGP)/Fellowship of Advanced Rural Practice (FARGP) or the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (FACRRM).

Advanced Skills Training Program

Applications for the first round of 2022 Advanced Skills Training Positions will open 22 July 2021, closing 12 August 2021. Applicants must be junior doctors currently PGY2 and above.

  • Apply via NSW JMO ROB portal
  • Search 'Rural Generalist' under position title. Position number CAM12237
  • Positions are advertised and recruitment is managed by the Health Education and Training Institute in collaboration with rural Local Health Districts.

Advanced Skills Training positions available for 2022

Current as at 15 July 2021.

Applicants must be Junior Doctors currently PGY2 and above.

Currently available specialties include:

  • Anaesthetics – positions available in Dubbo and Maitland
  • Emergency Medicine – positions available in Queanbeyan, Bega, Coffs Harbour, Maitland, Wagga Wagga, Griffith, Lismore/Ballina, Grafton, Bathurst and Tweed Heads
  • Mental Health – positions available in Wagga Wagga, Lismore, Orange, and Maitland
  • Obstetrics – positions available in Queanbeyan, Moruya, Griffith, Wagga Wagga, Coffs Harbour, Kempsey/Port Macquarie, Lismore, Tweed Heads, Dubbo, Orange, Bathurst and Tamworth
  • Paediatrics – positions available in Port Macquarie, Tamworth, Wagga Wagga, Bathurst, and Orange
  • Palliative Care – positions available in Broken Hill, Maitland, Coffs Harbour, Berry and Wauchope/Port Macquarie

Please note: The availability of the posts can be subject to change during the advertising and recruitment period.

Enquiries: HETI-RuralGeneralist@health.nsw.gov.au

To view the list of Advanced Skills Training placements remaining for 2022, click here.

Foundation Year

Applications for the 2022 Foundation Year program will open approximately 1 November 2021, closing to be confirmed.

  • Apply via the NSW JMO ROB portal
  • Search 'Rural Generalist' under position title. Position number to be confirmed.

Check your eligibility here

Click here for more information about the Foundation Year program.