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Specialised training

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GP registrars can experience and develop specialised skills in one or two disciplines during their training.

Enhance your medical knowledge and pursue your specialist passions via Extended Skills, Advanced Specialised Training or Advanced Rural Skills Training.

If you’ve got a particular skill area that you know you want to develop to be a part of your general practice, the sooner we know that, the better. We can help guide you to where others have done that, or help you look for it if it’s something that we haven’t had before.

Dr John Buckley, GP and Director of Medical Education at GPTQ

Pursue a specialty interest

GP registrars can pursue a particular medical interest with a training post in a specialised area, such as Indigenous Health, Anaesthetics, O & G, Emergency Medicine or Adult Internal Medicine.

These posts are available via both ACRRM and RACGP, but have their own names and curriculums.

Specialised training options

Program name College Duration Discipline
Extended Skills RACGP Six months in one discipline Contact GPTQ
Advanced Rural Skills Training RACGP Twelve months in one discipline, or
Six months in one discipline and six months in another
See FARGP information
Advanced Specialised Training ACRRM Twelve months in one discipline or two years in surgery See ACRRM website

Program name: Extended Skills




Six months in one discipline


Contact GPTQ

Program name: Advanced Rural Skills Training



  • Twelve months in one discipline, or
  • Six months in one discipline and six months in another

See FARGP information

Program name: Advanced Specialised Training




Twelve months in one discipline or two years for surgery


See ACRRM website

Are you eligible?

A specialised training post is a mandatory component for registrars completing a rural fellowship. This includes:

  • A Fellowship of the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (FACRRM)
  • A Fellowship in Advanced Rural General Practice (FARGP) from The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP). This is an additional qualification to the FRACGP.

Find out about the different fellowships here.

If you are completing FACRRM, you can do your specialised training, known as Advanced Specialised Training (AST), at any time after you have completed your Core Generalist Training (previously known as Core Clinical Training) in a hospital setting. The aim of AST is to expand your skills and knowledge in one specialised discipline so the rural communities you serve will have access to a full range of medical services, just like their city counterparts.

Registrars who are completing a FARGP do an additional year of rural specialist training known as Advanced Rural Skills Training (ARST). This extra year of training can be done at any time after the hospital year during the four-year fellowship. Registrars pursuing a FRACGP will do a six-month post, known as an Extended Skills (ES), which can be completed in General Practice or another discipline.

Where you will train

Registrars undertaking Extended Skills training will normally complete this in a general practice placement with focus on a particular area of interest. It may, however, be undertaken in a hospital, academic or community setting.

Registrars undertaking Advanced Rural Skills Training and/or Advanced Specialised Training normally complete this in a hospital, though it may also be possible in a community setting.

Registrars on the Rural Pathway normally undertake this training in an RA2–5 location.

If you’re already a registrar with GPTQ, talk to your medical educator about your options. Future applicants can find out more by emailing ruraladmin@gptq.qld.edu.au

Have you considered doing your specialised training at an Aboriginal Medical Service (AMS)? Listen to one registrar’s experience working at an AMS and find out why he feels it was one of the best moves he made.

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