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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 first round of 2023 Advanced Skills Training Positions is open, and will close on 16 August 2022. Applicants must be junior doctors currently PGY2 and above.

  • Apply via NSW JMO ROB portal
  • Search 'Rural Generalist' under position title. Position number CAM15790
  • Available opportunities are advertised, and recruitment is managed by the Health Education and Training Institute (HETI) in collaboration with the NSW Health Local Health District listed. Applications can be made via the NSW JMO ROB.

Advanced Skills Training opportunities available for 2023

Current as of 20 July 2022.

Applicants must be Junior Doctors currently PGY2 and above.

Opportunities are available in the following specialties:

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

To view the list of Advanced Skills Training opportunities available for 2023, click here.

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

Foundation Year

Applications for the 2023 Foundation Year program will open October 2022.

  • 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.