Start your exciting career as GP with Northern Territory General Pracitice Education. We offer a training environment that is diverse, adventurous and challenging. These attributes combined create the perfect learning environment for highly skilled, competent and confidents doctors. Your GP training jounrey starts with applying to the AGPT program and choosing NTGPE as your regional training organisation of choice.
Dr Sarah Lord
The wealth of variety that comes through the door consistenly is amazing. Throughout my clinical training whether its been hospital based or GP based, the breadth of experience I get in the NT is not what they are seeing down south.
Why general practice?
Choose general practice for a career that is diverse and offers a huge range of opportunities where you can be challenged as a doctor but still retain a work life balance.
General practitioners make a difference at the primary health care level for individuals, families and communities. Training in the Northern Territory makes this potential even greater by offering a broad scope of environments to train in for tropical medicine, culturally and linguistically diverse medicine as well as mainstream medicine.
Applications for the AGPT program’s 2019 intake open at 10:00am AEDT March 26 2018 and closes on 10:00am AEST April 30 2018. You will be applying to start your GP training in 2019.
- How do I apply to the AGPT program?
There are 1,500 new training places available on the AGPT Program in 2019.
Applicants apply for a training place in 2019 through their preferred college/s; the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM) and the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP). The best way to find out information about the colleges' applications process is to access their websites:
Applications won't be accepted outside of the application period which is 10:00am AEDT March 26, and closes on 10:00am AEST April 30, 2018.
What are my fellowship options?
There are two colleges that offer GP training in Australia: the Royal Australian College of General Practice (RACGP) and the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM).
RACGP offers two fellowship options:
1. Fellowship of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (FRACGP)
- Three years full time.
- Available to GP registrars on both general and rural pathway.
2. Fellowship in Advanced Rural General Practice (FARGP)
- Four years full time.
- Available qualification to all GP registrars who have completed FRACGP
- Involves advanced rural training.
ACRRM offers one fellowship option:
Fellowship of the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (FACRRM)
- Four years full time.
- Designed for those who want to work rurally or remotely.
How is the Department of Health involved?
The Department of Health funds your passage through to fellowship under the banner of the Australian General Practice Training (AGPT) program. AGPT needs to know about your intention to train in the program, this is done via the application process to RACGP or ACRRM.
- How do I know if I am eligible to apply to GP training?
Eligibility depends of three factors: citizenship, primary medical qualifications and medical registrations. Find the eligibility guide on the home page of the AGPT website agpt.com.au.
What does it cost to make an application?
Once the Department of Health deems you eligible to apply, you’ll be charged an application fee. Fees for 2018 were $725 for RACGP and $700 for ACRRM. Paying the application fees will not guarantee you a place in the program. The fees for 2019 haven't been released yet but we are expecting they will be similar to 2018.
Do the two colleges use the same application process?
Both colleges do require applicants to attend an interview at the regional training organisation in the location they choose to train. For example if you choose NTGPE your college interview will be held in Darwin.
- I am a doctor trained overseas and on 457 visa, can I apply?
NTGPE will offer 457 visa support for applicants who are able to supply the following:
- current CV
- letter stating why they want to work as a GP and in the Northern Territory
- a copy of primary medical qualification in Australia or New Zealand
- a current/active permanent residency application or a completed statutory declaration
- documentation which confirms when they have received, or expect to have, general medical registration.
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