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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 2020 Advanced Skills Training Positions are now open.

  • Apply via the NSW JMO Recruitment portal eRecruit
  • Search 'Rural Generalist' in eRecruit
  • Positions are advertised and recruitment is managed by NSW Health's Local Health Districts.

Foundation Year

Applications open 23 September 2019 and close 18 October 2019.

  • Search eRecruit for Rural Generalist position number 21467

Check your eligibility here

Advanced Skills Training positions available for 2020

Current as at 18 November 2019.

Applicants must be junior doctors currently PGY2 and above. Specialties include:

  • Anaesthetics – positions available in the Wagga Wagga, Bathurst, Dubbo and Orange.
  • Emergency Medicine – positions available in Maitland, Tamworth, Coffs Harbour, Port Macquarie, Lismore, Tweed, Grafton, Wagga Wagga, Griffith, Bathurst and Orange.
  • Emergency Medicine / Obstetrics – positions available in Coffs Harbour, Tweed and Wagga Wagga.
  • Mental Health – positions available in Maitland, Port Macquarie, Lismore, Wagga Wagga and Orange.
  • Obstetrics – positions available in Manning (Taree), Tamworth, Coffs Harbour, Lismore, Griffith, Bathurst, Dubbo, Orange, Bega, Moruya, Queanbeyan and Nowra.
  • Paediatrics – positions available in Manning (Taree), Tamworth, Port Macquarie, Grafton, Griffith and Nowra.
  • Palliative Care – positions available in Coffs Harbour and Lismore.

View the list of Advanced Skills Training placements remaining for 2020, click here.