Acronyms and jargon

Acronyms and jargon

GP jargon – crack the code!

GPET, AGPT, RTPs, AGPN, DoHA, GPRIP – so many acronyms! What do they all stand for? Browse our jargon-busting acronym and abbreviations guide to crack the code.




I – L

M – P

Q – T

U – X

AAAPC – Australian Association for Academic Primary Care. Formerly AAAGP.

AAPM – Australian Association of Practice Managers

ACIR – Australian Childhood Immunisation Register

ACRRM – Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine: One of two general practice colleges. Has a curriculum of educational objectives for rural GPs and a fellowship process for vocational recognition (FACRRM).

AFP – Australian Family Physician. The official journal of the RACGP.

AGPAL – Australian General Practice Accreditation Ltd: This organisation completes accreditation of practices throughout Australia.

AGPN – Australian General Practice Network: The national body that represents the Divisions. Previously Australian Divisions of General Practice.

AGPT – Australian General Practice Training: The training program for GP registrars.

AIDA – Australian Indigenous Doctors’ Association

AKT – Applied Knowledge Test: A component of the RACGP fellowship exam.

AMPCo – Australian Medical Publishing Company: Register with them to get a free subscription to Medicine Today, Australian Doctor and Medical Observer. To arrange this, visit

AMA – Australian Medical Association: An independent organisation that represents the professional interests of all doctors including political, legal and industrial.

AMH – Australian Medicines Handbook

AMSA – Australian Medical Students’ Association

ARST – Advanced rural skills training

ASGC-RA – Australian Standard Geographical Classification – Remoteness Areas: This is the Australian Bureau of Statistics model by which all cities, towns and locations in Australia are assigned a number between RA 1-5. This is used to calculate incentive payments to doctors outside metropolitan areas. The ASGC-RA is as follows:

  •  RA 1 – Major cities
  •  RA 2 – Inner regional
  •  RA 3 – Outer regional
  •  RA 4 – Remote
  •  RA 5 – Very remote

A map of Australia with the above classifications is available at

CMO – Career Medical Officer

Divisions of General Practice Federally funded to provide support and educational activities to GPs and local primary care services within their Division (local area); for example, diabetes nurse educators. Registrars should find out which Division their practice belongs to and join. GP registrar membership is free in some regions.

DHAS – Doctors’ Health Advisory Service

DoHA – Department of Health and Ageing The Commonwealth Government Department responsible for health and ageing.

DVA – Department of Veterans’ Affairs

EBM – Evidence-based medicine

ECT – External clinical teacher

ESP – Extended skills post A component of AGPT comprising a six-month training post in either general practice or an area of relevant skills; for example, obstetrics and gynaecology, accident and emergency.

FACRRM – Fellow of the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine.

FARGP – Fellowship in Advanced Rural General Practice.

FRACGP – Fellow of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners.

GPET – General Practice Education and Training Limited A government limited company that funds and contracts with RTPs to deliver the Australian General Practice Training (AGPT) program.

GPR – General practice registrar; GP registrar

GPRA – General Practice Registrars Australia Ltd Represents GP registrar issues to AGPT, RACGP, DoHA and many other bodies involved in training.

GPRIP – General Practice Rural Incentives Program Find out more about financial incentives for GP registrars.

GPSA – General Practice Supervisors’ Association

GPT1, GPT2, GPT3: General practice terms 1, 2 and 3 Part of the RACGP curriculum.

HIC – Health Insurance Commission: Now known as Medicare Australia.

HMO – Hospital Medical Officer

HWA – Health Workforce Australia

IMG – International medical graduate: Also known as OTDs (overseas-trained doctors). GP registrars who are IMGs/OTDs may be subject to the Section 19AB moratorium which requires them to practise and train in areas of need such as rural/remote and outer metropolitan for up to 10 years, although it is now possible to reduce this time period by practising in more remote areas.

JAC – Joint Advisory Committee

JCC – Joint Consultative Committee

KFP – Key Feature Problems A component of the RACGP fellowship exam.

MBS – Medicare Benefits Schedule

ME and TA – Medical educators and training advisors: One of these people gives advice and guidance to individual registrars about their training.

MCQs – Multiple choice questions (a component of the RACGP fellowship exam)

NGPSA – National GP Supervisors’ Association: Not to be confused with the SLON (Supervisor Liaison Officers’ Network), although they are essentially the same people. NGSPA is the GPRA equivalent for supervisors. They undertake an advocacy role for supervisors, particularly in terms and conditions negotiations.

NMTC – National Minimum Terms and Conditions: A document prepared for GP registrars in their first and second general practice terms that outlines the legal requirements of contracts between registrars and their practices, including salary guidelines.

NPS – National Prescribing Service A Commonwealth Government-funded organisation that provides independent information on the prescription and use of various medications. Lots of resources and case studies for GP registrars can be found at

NRHSN – National Rural Health Students’ Network

OSCE – Objective Structured Clinical Examination: A component of the RACGP fellowship exam.

OTC – Over the counter

OTD – Overseas-trained doctor – see IMG: Also known as IMGs (international medical graduates). May be subject to the Section 19AB moratorium.

PBS – Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme; Pharmaceutical Benefits Schedule

PIP – Practice Incentives Program

PGPPP – Prevocational General Practice Placements Program.

QA and CPD – Quality Assurance and Continuing Professional Development

RACGP – Royal Australian College of General Practitioners One of two general practice colleges. Has a fellowship process for vocational recognition (FRACGP). RACGP also offers a Fellowship in Advanced Rural General Practice (FARGP).

RACGP Library – RACGP members can access the full suite of services provided by the RACGP John Murtagh Library. Non-members can access some services for a fee. Visit

RACGP State Censor A fellow of the RACGP in each state. Checks that the GP registrar has completed training requirements for the awarding of the RACGP fellowship.

RDAA – Rural Doctors Association of Australia Has state branches. Represents rural doctor issues to government and other organisations.

RDL – Registrar-directed learning

RFDS – Royal Flying Doctor Service

RHWA – Rural Health Workforce Australia

RLO – GP Registrar Liaison Officer Employed by a regional training provider (RTP) to represent and advocate for GP registrars. Works closely with GPRA to look after registrars’ interests.

RMO – Resident Medical Officer

RPBS – Repatriation Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme; Repatriation Pharmaceutical Benefits Schedule

RROC – Registrar Representative on Council: A GP registrar who sits on the council of the RACGP to represent registrar concerns.

RRADO – Registrar Research and Development Officer

RSRF – Registrar Scholarship and Research Fund: A pool of funding maintained by GPET to fund GP registrar research projects.

RTP – Regional Training Provider: RTPs tender for contracts from GPET to provide regionalised GP training.

RVTS – Remote Vocational Training Scheme: Provides distance vocational training to doctors already working in rural and remote locations where on-site supervision is not available.

SBO – State-Based (Divisional) Organisation: A state-funded organisation, not always directly linked to ADGP or individual Divisions. Provides some educational activities that GP registrars can attend.

SIP – Service Incentive Payment

SLO – GP Supervisor Liaison Officer Employed by an RTP to represent and advocate for GP supervisors.

TA – Training advisor

TGA – Therapeutic Goods Administration

TMO – Trainee Medical Officer

UGPA – United General Practice Australia

VMO – Visiting Medical Officer

VR – Vocational registration; vocational recognition

WONCA – World Organisation of National Colleges, Academies and Academic Associations of General Practitioners/Family Physicians