Applications for both ACRRM and RACGP’s 2023 AGPT intake open on Monday, 21 March 2022 and close on Tuesday, 19 April 2022.
Rural General Training Scheme (RGTS) applications open 21 September 2021 to commence training in July 2022, closing 10 January 2022.
RGPSA increasing rural medical training places
RGPSA is breaking new ground for South Australia in supporting our regional local health networks in increasing rural medical training positions to establish a sustainable rural medical workforce. See how training positions have grown from 2021 to 2022 and where you can find them in our new infographic.
Highlights for the year ahead include:
- a projected 47% increase in Rural Interns,
- 85% increase in Rural PGY2 numbers
- 92% upsurge in Rural Advanced Skills Training positions
RGPSA News and Stories
Rural Generalists of SA
Joint release: Recognition of Rural General Medicine clears first hurdle,
published 18th November 2021
“The promise of a career with a recognised title, will provide a major spur to aspiring future rural doctors to undertake the additional years of multi-site training required to attain the RG skill set.”
Dr Sarah Chalmers, ACRRM President
“Once again, the GP profession is leading the way in recognition for its doctors who play a central role in the health system. Rural Generalists must be recognised, valued and supported to fulfil their crucial roles – this will help not only benefit the communities they serve but also help attract more doctors to undertake this training,”
Dr Karen Price, RACGP President
Medical Education Prevocational Forum 2022, National Wine Centre, Adelaide, 20-23 November 2022. Subscribe now to receive notifications and updates at https://prevocforum2022.com.au/
Working towards recognition of rural generalist medicine
Dr Michael Beckoff
ACRRM representative on the National Rural Generalist Recognition Taskforce
MBBS, FACRRM, FAICD, Assoc. Dipl. Agric (Dist)
The Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM) and the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) have been working together with the Office of the Rural Health Commissioner since November 2019 to form the National Rural Generalist Recognition Taskforce. The Taskforce is seeking to facilitate recognition of Rural Generalism as a specialist field within general practice.
Many meetings have occurred between the two GP Colleges, ably chaired by the Rural Health Commissioner – initially Professor Paul Worley and now Professor Ruth Stewart – to progress this recognition. The Australian Medical Council (AMC) and Medical Board of Australia (MBA) as well as the Office of Best Practice Regulation (OBPR) have been consulted as well as other medical colleges and many other stakeholders. We are delighted to be acknowledged as having achieved ‘Stage One’ status in the overall process, and we can focus our efforts on working towards ‘Stage Two’ , which may take a further 18-months or so .
This recognition is vital to ensure the success of the Rural Generalist Training Pathway programs in each state and territory, facilitated by the Rural Generalist Coordination Units in each jurisdiction. Skilled and well trained Rural Generalists provide valued services to rural and remote communities and with the expansion and success of this program, comes positive health outcomes and a much needed stable workforce.
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