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.

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
QLD

Average Age
QLD

% Aged 60+
QLD

45% of the QLD 2017 workforce intend to retire by 2027

Proportion Female/Male - QLD

Male
Female

Location - QLD

Regional
Major cities
Remote

Public/Private QLD

Private
Public

Number of trainees - QLD

Number of new trainees - QLD

Number of trainees - AUS

Number of new trainees - AUS

PGY new trainees - QLD

Proportion Female/Male - QLD

Male
Female

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)

Eligibility

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

Flexibility

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)