Qualifications and fellowship

GP qualifications and fellowships

There are two vocational training endpoints offered to all GP registrars:

Fellowship of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (FRACGP)

AND/OR

Fellowship of the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (FACRRM)

Fellowship options

GP registrars can choose to train towards the FACRRM or the FRACGP qualification, or both, for vocational recognition (VR).

All registrars can also choose to undertake the one-year RACGP Fellowship in Advanced Rural General Practice (FARGP) as an additional rural qualification. When you enrol, you are asked to nominate your preferred vocational recognition end point/s. Existing registrars who wish to nominate additional end point qualifications, ie FRACGP or FACRRM or the FARGP, can do so.

Fellowship of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (FRACGP)

Achieving the requirements of this three-year program qualifies the fellow to practise independently anywhere in Australia and be recognised by Medicare.  If you are interested in working overseas in the future, the FRACGP is more widely recognised internationally at this time.  It is possible to undertake training for the fellowship part-time.

Information about the RACGP curriculum is available on the college website

Fellowship in Advanced Rural General Practice (FARGP)

This qualification extends the FRACGP program to offer advanced training in the skills required for rural and remote practice. It can be undertaken by those who already hold the FRACGP, or if you are working towards achieving the FRACGP you can prepare for the FARGP concurrently or in the fourth year of your training program.

Information about the FARGP curriculum is available on the college website.

The website also provides information about RACGP fellowship requirements and assessment.

Fellowship of the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (FACRRM)

Fellowship of ACRRM is an approved pathway to vocational registration and unrestricted general practice anywhere in Australia.

It is a four-year, integrated training program for registrars wanting to train for rural and remote medicine. The ACRRM curriculum has been specifically designed to target the needs of rural and remote practitioners.

Information about this curriculum can be found on the ACRRM website. It is possible to undertake training for the fellowship part-time. The website also provides information about FACRRM assessment.  

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