Placement Information

Placement Types

Mainstream Placements

A six month full time equivalent (FTE) mainstream placement in a general practice.

Remote Placements

A six month full time equivalent (FTE) remote post, being anything greater than 100kms from Alice Springs or Darwin for a minimum of three nights per week.

Aboriginal Health Training Placements

A six month full time equivalent (FTE) Aboriginal health training post. If town based Aboriginal medical service or fly in fly out remote community post, a minimum of two days per week over six months. Alice Springs Hospital, Katherine Hospital, Gove District Hospital, Tennant Creek Hospital excluded.

Extended Skills Posts (ESP)

Some of these posts may also be suitable for year-long Advanced Skills Posts and PRRT for ACRRM.

RACGP extended skills posts are available to GP registrars to assist them to prepare for a particular aspect of practice or to improve their skills and competency in a specific area of interest.

Extended skills units can be undertaken at any time during your training for a maximum of six months, except in the case of academic skills posts and overseas extended skills posts which must be preceded by a GPT1 general practice unit.

Under RACGP, up to six months of extended skills training can count as part of the 52 weeks of GPT3 general practice training time.

Advanced Skills Posts (ARST/AST)

The first step is to speak with your training team about your interest in a 12 month advanced skills placement.

If you are enrolled in either the fellowship of ACRRM or the RACGP fellowship in Advanced Rural General Practice (FARGP), you will need to undertake 12 months of Advanced Specialised Training (AST) or ARST. This can be done at any stage of your training.

Advanced skills posts have traditionally formed part of the AGPT program for GP registrars seeking to prepare for particular aspects of rural practice. They provide education and training in areas where there is a recognised service provision deficit that is critical to the provision of medical health service to rural or remote communities. Advanced skills posts with a procedural focus must be based on the existing ARST or AST curricula of the relevant Colleges and can be in obstetrics, surgery, anaesthetics or emergency medicine. Non-procedural advanced skills posts may also be approved. Some examples are paediatrics, adult internal medicine, aboriginal health, public health, mental health, small town rural general practice.

NB all posts must be accredited through NTGPE and the relevant college (RACGP or ACRRM) before the term starts. This may take 2-3 months.

Advanced skills posts are approved by the college Censors and WILL NOT be retrospectively accredited.

Concurrent Posts

These are two part time GPT/PRRT posts done at the same time (ie. two or more independent posts done simultaneously) e.g. 0.5FTE at ‘Clinic A’ and 0.5FTE at ‘Clinic B’.


NTGPE recommends training in the early management of trauma and advanced life support should be completed before starting GP training terms. However, if a formal course has not been completed, this will not exclude a GP registrar from starting GP terms but the GP registrar must complete an approved ALS course during their training. (Note: ACRRM registrars are required to complete two tier one emergency courses, registrars should review ACRRM’s emergency medicine requirements available at in the Fellowship Training Handbook.

The following courses are approved:

  • Early Management of Severe Trauma Course (EMST)
  • Advanced Paediatric Life Support Course (APLS): Advanced Life Support Group
  • Rural Emergency Skills Training (REST)
  • Advanced Life Skills Training (ALS)

There may be other courses that meet the requirement. If GP registrars are interested in undertaking a course that they believe meets the requirement, forward course details to the GP registrar support team for consideration.

NTGPE provides limited reimbursement to GP registrars successfully completing one of the above courses during their training. Registrars will need to show the course meets the demonstrated skills required of ALS training and understand participants will be individually assessed. GP registrars will need to provide evidence of this assessment when the course is completed. Reimbursement details are available from the GP registrar support team.