Rural Generalism

Queensland Health supports a skilled medical workforce in rural and remote communities by offering a vocational pathway and advanced skills training tailored specifically for rural generalists. The Queensland Rural Generalists Pathway (or the Generalist Pathway) provides a route to a diverse career, with deep community connection, adventure and a true sense of purpose. The broad skill set required of a Rural Generalist provides exceptional foundation training for almost any medical career path, including specialties outside of rural generalism.

Why choose the pathway?

What can medical graduates expect from the Queensland Rural Generalist Pathway?

  • a highly respected, selective and flexible pathway
  • fast-track training and development – earn more, faster
  • access to a wide variety of clinical training, with guaranteed terms for PGY 1 & 2
  • mentoring, career advice and support from experienced practicing clinicians
  • on-call support and recruitment assistance
  • increased career options – even beyond rural generalist. Explore opportunities in clinical leadership, international aid, expedition and retrieval medicine or alternative specialist programs

A typical timeline for the QRGP is:

  • PGY 1 & 2 Prevocational Plus – 2 years
  • PGY 3 Advanced Specialist Training – 1 to 2 years
  • PGY 4 & 5 Vocational Training – 2 years
  • Fellowship

Opportunities also exist for postgraduate entry to the pathway.

Visit the Queensland Rural Generalist Pathway's website for detailed information and hear from Rural Generalists working in Queensland.

History of the Queensland Rural Generalist Pathway

Rural generalist medicine was founded in Queensland as a generalist medical discipline in 2005 by a group of key stakeholders convened to develop the concept of a supported training pathway to a career in rural medicine.

The Roma Agreement had a goal to develop and sustain an integrated service and training program to form a career pathway supplying the rural generalist workforce that the bush needs and its principles continue to underpin the pathway to this day.

Rural generalist medicine was formally recognised as a discipline by the State of Queensland in 2008 through the Medical Officers’ (Queensland Health) Certified Agreement (No.1) 2005.

The Queensland Rural Generalist Pathway formally commenced in 2007, training doctors in rural generalist medicine that enables both primary and specialist services (such as obstetrics, anaesthetics and mental health) to be delivered in rural communities.

Rural generalist training in Australia

Since the inception of a Rural Generalist Pathway in Queensland, other States and Territories have adopted similar pathways for medical students and junior doctors within their jurisdictions.

Recognising the critical role of Rural Generalists in delivering high quality, accessible health care to regional, rural and remote communities across the country, the Federal Government appointed Australia’s first National Rural Health Commissioner in 2017.

The Commissioner’s first priority is the develop a national Rural Generalist Pathway in collaboration with the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners and the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine.