Advanced Skills Training
Advanced Skills Training (AST) –
Can be commenced from PGY3+ in a specialist discipline.
- ACRRM – Advanced Specialised Training
- RACGP – Additional Rural Skills Training
Requirement of ACRRM training and provides the opportunity to develop an advanced skill set to provide additional services to local communities.
Options: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health, adult internal medicine, anaesthetics, child & adolescent health, emergency medicine, mental health, obstetrics & gynaecology, palliative care, surgery.
Skills Consolidation –
An additional period of training that allows the rural medical practitioner who has completed advanced skills training in a specialist area to consolidate those skills, maintain or update those skills. This training is optional.
These grants, valued up to $40,000, support skills consolidation posts in rural health services and rural general practice for medical practitioners to consolidate their advanced/additional skills. Visit our RGPSA Rural Procedural Consolidation Term Grants page for further information.
Advanced rural skills training – RACGP
AGPT registrars seeking Rural Generalist (RG) Fellowship are required to undertake ARST. The unique characteristics of rural and remote Australia offer diversity in terms of complex health presentations, and GPs with ARST can provide holistic specialist medical services (such as emergency medicine, mental health, anaesthesia and obstetrics) to their communities.
Options include Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health, anaesthetics, emergency medicine, palliative care, obstetrics and mental health.
Advanced specialised training – ACRRM
Deepen your knowledge and skills in a procedural or non-procedural discipline expanding your professional scope and and clinical privileging in hospitals, access to additional Medical Benefits Scheme item numbers as well as contributing to and expanding the pool of medical services in rural and remote communities. Having advanced skills is an essential component of being a Rural Generalist.
AST posts are open to applicants from the following medical practitioners:
- Rural Generalist registrars on a recognised training pathway such as the:
- Australian General Practice Training Program (AGPT)
- Remote Vocational Training Scheme (RVTS)
- Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM) Independent pathway
- Fellowed General Practitioners (FRACGP) obtaining advanced Skills Training to sub-specialise as a Rural Generalist. FRACGP applicants are required to have enrolled in the Fellowship of Advanced Rural General Practice (FARGP) prior to commencement in the Advanced Skills Training position.
- Existing Rural Generalists (FACRRM or FARGP) who would like to undertake a second advanced skill to fill an identified community need. Please note that where positions are limited, priority may be given to trainees obtaining their first advanced skills Training post.
All applicants must declare if they are in receipt of other training or research grants which they may be simultaneously receiving during the Advanced Skills Training period.
How to apply
AST positions will be advertised on the SA Health Careers Website.
For more information about the applications process the RGCU can support you to plan your AST in line with your College requirements. Contact us to discuss your needs.
|Advanced skills EOIs open||14 June 2022|
|Advanced skills EOIs close||6 July 2022|
|Referee close date||13 July 2022|
|Preference reorder option closes||31 August 2022|
|Offers commence||15 September 2022|
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Training providers and colleges
Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM)
Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine is committed to building a thriving workforce of Rural Generalists across rural and remote Australia. These specialist general practitioners are trained to bring a broad set of advanced skilled services to people living rural and remote communities.
GPEx is South Australia’s regional training organisation for education and training of doctors who choose to specialise in General Practice (GP). GPEx delivers the AGPT (Australia General Practice Training) Program which is funded by the Australian Government, Department of Health.
Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP)
The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners cultivate a stronger profession by helping the GPs of today and tomorrow continue their professional development throughout their careers, from medical students and GPs in training to experienced GPs.