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The AGPT General Pathway

AGPT General Pathway (featured image)

The general pathway lets you train to become a GP in any region of Australia, including in a city.

If you choose to train with GPTQ via the general pathway you will have the opportunity to gain education and experience in general practice across our entire training region, which includes metropolitan, regional, rural and remote locations in southeast Queensland.

Our extensive network of more than 400 GP practices, hospitals and Aboriginal Medical Services offer an exciting range of clinical experiences and gives you the chance to sample life in various settings, from the city to the beach, and the bush.

Check out our Top 10 FAQ eBook including the most popular questions we receive regarding the AGPT Program.

“The one thing I really enjoy about general practice is the continuity of care, seeing people throughout their changing life,” says Karen. “It’s being able to journey with people, as well as looking at problems and seeing their resolution. As a specialist, you may not get that opportunity.”

Dr Karen Savery, GPTQ District Medical Educator Coordinator

Choose where you train

Registrars on the general pathway can nominate where they train, electing either a full year in one location or two, six-month placements in different locations. Under the Federal Government’s current training policy you don’t have to undertake rural GP placements unless you are pursuing a Fellowship in Advanced Rural General Practice (FARGP). However, registrars on the general pathway are expected to complete 12 months of their practice-based training in a rural location or an outer metro location or an Aboriginal Medical Service (AMS) . We encourage registrars on the general pathway to do some of their training in rural locations to gain exposure to rural general practice and experience the clinical and lifestyle opportunities it offers.

Key benefits of the general pathway with GPTQ

  • Undertake your training in our extensive network of practices and hospitals across SE Queensland, which includes some of Australia’s most prestigious hospitals.
  • Our metropolitan footprint includes popular locations outside of Brisbane, such as Palm Beach and Burleigh Heads on the Gold Coast.
  • You have the option of training in regional and rural locations as well.
  • You can be mentored by both city and country doctors.

Difference between the general pathway and rural pathway?

Find out more about the application and selection process

Frequently asked questions

What’s the difference between the rural pathway and the general pathway?

There are two pathways available through the Australian General Practice Training (AGPT) program: rural pathway and general pathway.
If you train on the rural pathway, you are required to complete your training in rural and remote settings (ASGC-RA2-5 or MMM2 – 7). Registrars on the rural pathway can work anywhere in Australia once they achieve Fellowship. If you train on the general pathway, you can complete your training in rural, remote or metropolitan settings. However, there are restrictions on general pathway registrars in terms of completing part of their training in areas in need of doctors.

Doctors on the 10-Year Moratorium ie overseas trained doctors and foreign graduates of accredited Australian medical schools can only apply for the rural pathway.
Please refer to the above explainer video to understand the difference between the two pathways.
Find out more about the 10-year moratorium.
Find out more about training pathways.

How do I find out which AGPT pathway I am eligible to apply for?

There are eligibility requirements for both the rural pathway and the general pathway in the AGPT program. Factors that affect eligibility include:

  • citizenship status
  • where you studied medicine
  • residence status at the time of studying medicine in Australia
  • medical registration status

Find out more about pathway eligibility on the AGPT website.

It is important to note that international medical graduates on a temporary work visa are ineligible to apply for the AGPT program.

Are rural placements compulsory on the general pathway?

No. If you study on the general pathway, you can complete your training in rural, remote or metropolitan settings. However, there are restrictions on general pathway registrars in terms of training in areas of need
of doctors. If you are on the general pathway, you will be able to nominate how you fulfil your 12-month training pathway requirement. You have the following options:

  • 12 months in a rural location
  • 12 months in an outer metropolitan location
  • 12 months in a non-capital city
  • 12 months comprising any two of the following:
    • 6 months in a rural location
    • 6 months in an outer metropolitan location
    • 6 months in a non-capital city
    • 6 months in an Indigenous health training post

Find out more about GPTQ’s training region.

How do I find out which AGPT pathway I am eligible to apply for?

There are eligibility requirements for both the rural pathway and the general pathway in the Australian General Practice Training (AGPT) program. Factors that affect eligibility include:

    • where you studied medicine
    • citizenship status
    • general medical registration status

Find out more about eligibility.
You can also use the AGPT Pathway Eligibility Flowchart to self-assess your pathway eligibility.

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