General Practice

A General Practitioner (GP) is the first point of contact in matters of personal health. GPs take a patient-centred approach to the diagnosis, treatment and ongoing care of persons across all ages, sexes and disease categories, and often provide care across a patient’s lifetime. GPs are responsible for the coordination of accessible, integrated patient care and are required to contribute to external clinical teams, as well as engage with medical specialists and other healthcare professionals according to patient need.

General practice is such a rewarding medical career and allows for so much choice and flexibility. I love the problem-solving aspect of general practice and being the first port of call when patients present with their concerns.


The trust patients place in you as their GP and the long-term relationships you develop with them and their families is truly unique for our specialty and it is a privilege to provide care in this way.

Dr Paula Conroy
General Practitioner

Clinical Practice

GPs predominately work in private practice, however many GPs working in regional, rural or remote areas are required to work within the practice population, which can include in-home visits, outreach clinics, and in hospital or community settings.

Statistics and information - General Practice

Number of specialists - QLD

Number of new fellows - QLD

Number of specialists - AUS

Number of new fellows - AUS

Average weekly hours

Average Age

% Aged 60+

43% of 2019 workforce intend to retire by 2029

Proportion Female/Male - QLD


Location - QLD

Major cities

Public/Private QLD


Number of trainees - QLD

Number of new trainees - QLD

Number of trainees - AUS

Number of new trainees - AUS

2021 QLD Training Program Selections (First Year)

Eligible Applications Received
Applicants Selected

The data on this page compares the number of applicants that were selected to commence their first year of training in Queensland in 2021 to the total number of eligible applications*

The data was sourced from the relevant medical specialist college, or from selection committees coordinated by a Queensland Health pathway/network, or an individual facility.


This data reflects a point in time figure for the selection of applicants commencing the first year of an accredited training program in the 2021 clinical year.

* eligible applications are determined by selection committees according to the eligibility criteria and required documentation prescribed by the relevant medical specialist college.

The data on this page compares the number of applicants that were selected to commence their first year of training in Queensland in 2021 to the total number of eligible applications.

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PGY new trainees - QLD

Proportion Female/Male - QLD


Length of Training

ACRRM - 4 years full-time (with opportunity to apply for recognition of prior learning) RACGP - 3 years full-time

Method of Allocation

College-selected trainees may be allocated to a training post by:

  • College
  • Queensland Health pathway/network (centrally coordinated)
  • Queensland Health facility (accredited for training)

Training and assessment summary

For detailed information in relation to training and assessment requirements, please contact ACRRM or RACGP. Watch real stories from GPs around Australia and learn about life as a GP.

Training program overview

General practice training is delivered via a number of different programs leading to one or more of the three Fellowships available from two GP Colleges, ACRRM or RACGP. Rural general practice training leading to a FACRRM incorporates core clinical training within an accredited hospital, primary rural and remote training within community primary care, hospital and emergency care and practice within a rural and remote environment, followed by advanced specialist training in a range of settings depending on the discipline. General practice training leading to a FRACGP incorporates hospital training, general practice placements and extended skills training (either hospital or GP based). Trainees wishing to specialist in rural general practice may undertake concurrent or post-Fellowship training leading to a Fellowship of Advanced Rural General Practice (FARGP). The Australian General Practice Training (AGPT) program is the most common path to GP registration in Queensland and is delivered via two training providers General Practice Training Queensland (GPTQ) and Generalist Medical Training (GMT). There are two ways to undertake the GP training program - General Pathway and Rural pathway. The General pathway provides education and experience in general practice across the training region (which includes metropolitan, regional, rural and remote locations in southeast Queensland). The Rural pathway provides training and experience in general practice medicine across regional, rural and remote locations enabling trainees to complete a GP Fellowship through either or both GP Colleges. Queensland Health rural generalist pathway are encouraged to follow the rural pathway to attain a GP qualification. Other pathways to a GP qualification include: Remote Vocational Training Scheme (ACRRM and RACGP) Independent Pathway (ACRRM) Specialist Pathway Program (RACGP) General Practice Experience pathway (RACGP)


AGPT (ACRRM & RACGP) Applicants must be an Australian or New Zealand citizen or an Australian permanent resident, possess recognised medical qualifications and hold current general registration with AHPRA. Remote Vocational Training Scheme: Applicants may be an Australian citizen, permanent or temporary resident and may hold either general or limited registration with AHPRA. Detailed eligibility criteria: Independent pathway: Applicants may be an Australian citizen, permanent or temporary resident (skilled migration or business visa only); may hold either general or limited registration with AHPRA and have completed at least one year of postgraduate hospital experience in Australia or an AHPRA approved Competent Authority More information Specialist pathway program General Practice Experience pathway


ACRRM - minimum 50% full-time commitment. Approval provided by training providers. RACGP - approval on a case-by-case basis (provided by regional training providers

Interrupted training

Allowed up to a maximum of 2 years (ACRRM and RACGP)

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