Mandatory Hospital Training Requirements for doctors going into General Practice

You need to complete the prerequisite hospital training before you can start your GP placements. The requirements are different depending on which fellowship you’re completing. Both ACRRM and RACGP require you to complete mandatory hospital rotations to meet your training and fellowship requirements.

You need to complete a minimum of 12 months post-intern hospital training in an accredited Australian hospital and complete mandatory rotations and the paediatric requirement to meet the fellowship requirements of RACGP and/or ACRRM. The mandatory requirements can usually be met during any part of your Australian hospital experience but should be completed before you start your GP placements.

To achieve Fellowship, both RACGP and ACRRM require doctors to complete:

  • General medicine rotation
  • General surgery rotation
  • Emergency medicine rotation
  • Paediatrics requirement

In addition to completing the mandatory rotation/experience, if you haven’t practiced in these disciplines in the last four years, it is likely that additional evidence may be required by the Colleges to demonstrate maintenance of competency.

RACGP Mandatory Training Requirements:

In addition to completing mandatory rotations in medicine, surgery and emergency medicine, RACGP requires you to complete a minimum of three rotations of your choice relevant to general practice. You also need to meet the paediatric requirement, as outlined below. If the paediatric requirement is met by a paediatric term, this can be one of your three required additional rotations. If it is met or partly met by emergency rotations, these rotations can contribute to both the emergency and the paediatric requirements.

Your three elective rotations may be in: ​

  • Accident and emergency (ie. a second rotation in this discipline)
  • Anaesthetics
  • Dermatology
  • ENT
  • General medicine (ie. a second rotation in this discipline)
  • Geriatrics
  • Infectious diseases
  • Obstetrics and gynaecology
  • Ophthalmology
  • Orthopaedics
  • Prevocational general practice (PGPPP)
  • Psychiatry
  • Rehabilitation
  • Urology

ACRRM Mandatory Training Requirements:

In addition to medicine, emergency medicine and surgery, ACRRM requires you to complete rotations in:

  • Obstetrics and gynaecology
  • Anaesthetics

ACRRM also recommends the following disciplines:

  • Rehabilitation
  • Aged care
  • Palliative care
  • ICU
  • Psychiatry
  • Emergency medicine


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