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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 the second round of 2021 Advanced Skills Training Positions are now open, closing on 25 November 2020.

  • Apply via the NSW JMO Recruitment portal eRecruit
  • Search 'Rural Generalist' under position title in eRecruit. Position number 24058
  • Positions are advertised and recruitment is managed by the Health Education and Training Institute in collaboration with rural Local Health Districts.

Foundation Year

Applications for the 2021 Foundation Year program are now open, closing on 20 November 2020.

  • Apply via the NSW JMO Recruitment portal eRecruit
  • Search 'Rural Generalist' under position title in eRecruit. Position number 23914

Check your eligibility here

Click here for more information about the Foundation Year program.

Advanced Skills Training positions available for 2021

Current as at 30 September 2020.

Applicants must be junior doctors currently PGY2 and above. Current available specialties include:

  • Anaesthetics – position available in Nowra.
  • Emergency Medicine – positions available in Bathurst, Wagga Wagga, Griffith, Grafton, Lismore / Ballina and Tamworth.
  • Mental Health – position available in Wagga Wagga.
  • Obstetrics – positions available in Griffith, Wagga Wagga, Coffs Harbour, Port Macquarie / Kempsey, Lismore and Nowra.
  • Paediatrics – positions available in Grafton and Nowra.
  • Palliative Care – positions available in Broken Hill, Lismore, Wauchope.

View the list of Advanced Skills Training placements remaining for 2021, click here.