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General Practice

General Practice

General Practice

Your Pathway into General Practice training in North Queensland

Entry Requirements

  • General medical registration 
  • Australian Permanent Resident or Citizen 

Total Training Time

Total: 3 years full-time (RACGP); 4 years full-time (ACRRM)


  • 12 months (full-time) hospital rotations minimum 
  • 18 months (full-time) in an accredited general practice training post under an accredited supervisor 
  • Maximum 6 months (full-time) approved extended skills training 

*Optional fourth year of training in advanced rural skills training 

*Training must be undertaken in at least two different general practices 


  • Primary Care – 6 months  
  • Secondary Care – 3 months  
  • Emergency Care – 3 months  
  • Rural or Remote Practice – 12 months  
  • Paediatrics  
  • Obstetrics  
  • Anaesthetics  
  • PGY 3 or above – Complete one year Advanced Specialised Training (AST)   

How to Apply

You have a choice of two College training pathways. You may choose to train with the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM) or with the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) or you may choose to train with both colleges. You may apply for Australian General Practice Training through these colleges anytime from PGY1. 

Application Deadline

RACGP | There are two dates per year, March and September  

ACRRM | There are four dates per year: January, April, July and October  

Frequently Asked Questions

Why would I consider training for Fellowship of ACRRM?

Fellowship of the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (FACRRM) is recognised by the Australian Medical Council as a standard medical practitioners must attain to be recognised for the specialty of general practice. 

The Fellowship program has been developed by rural doctors to equip Rural Generalists and specialist General Practitioners who work in a rural or remote context. 

FACRRM demonstrates you can confidently and competently work independently in a broad range of locations and environments. 

Fellowship provides access to the maximum benefits available under Medicare’s A1 items for you and your patients. 

FACRRM is identified as a preferred qualification by recruiters. 

Are places in the FSP for each intake limited?

The RACGP aims to offer all eligible applicants a place.  However, if we need to prioritise places for an unusually large number of eligible applicants, we will make offers to candidates in the following order:  

  1. Vulnerable candidates including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants 
  2. Applicants working in Aboriginal Medical Services 
  3. Rural applicants (Precedence based on MMM status, MM7 – MM3 descending)  
  4. Applicants with approved Extenuating and Unforeseen Circumstances to work in MMM1  
  5. MMM2 applicants. 

Disclaimer: The information provided on this website aims to assist medical students and doctors in training with medical career planning. While every effort has been made to ensure the information is current and accurate, all details should be verified through the relevant Specialist College.

NQRTH is an initiative of the Australian Government's Integrated Rural Training Pipeline (IRTP) and is facilitated by James Cook University in partnership with public and private hospitals, Queensland Aboriginal and Islander Health Council (QAIHC), health services, Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisations (ACCHOs) and GP clinics.

Cairns region
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Central West region
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Mackay region
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North West region
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Torres and Cape region
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Townsville region
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