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NSW Rural Generalist Training Program

NSW Rural Generalist Training Program


Rural Local Health Districts (LHDs) face increasing difficulty attracting and retaining General Practitioners (GPs) and hospital non specialists to district hospitals to provide services in Emergency Departments and to provide procedural services; particularly in anaesthetics, obstetrics and gynaecology, emergency medicine and surgery.

The NSW Government is implementing the NEW NSW Rural Generalist Training Program to build a sustainable medical workforce to meet the healthcare needs of rural communities. The Program is a supported pathway to a career as a GP providing primary care in a rural community and advanced procedural services at a rural hospital.


A Rural Generalist is a medical practitioner with the extended range of advanced skills and knowledge required to provide primary care to a rural community whilst being credentialed at the local health service to provide procedural / advanced skills of their chosen speciality (obstetrics and gynaecology and/or anaesthetics).

Position – Rural Generalist

Speciality – General Practice

The Program

The Rural Generalist Training program is a supported career pathway which will result in qualifications as a Medical Practitioner who can work in a General Practice setting as well as in a hospital providing secondary medical care in a rural town (typically a NSW District Health Service). Primary care training and an advanced skill (such as obstetrics, anaesthetics and/or emergency medicine) is required and training is tailored individually as a co-ordinated package from entry to graduation.

Download the Rural Generalist Program Fact Sheet

Check out the new Rural Generalist & GP Procedural Training Program interactive website!!!

Training Pathway

Interested Rural Generalist applicants are required to have completed a hospital based training internship at PGY1. Successful applicants will enter Rural Generalist Training at PGY2. Rural Generalist Trainees will receive an employment contract with the LHD for the time training in the hospital and a training agreement outlining activities for the length of the training program, including options for additional advanced skills training or Community General Practice training.

  • Direct Entry at PGY2 - GP Vocational training  
  • PGY3 – One year of Procedural / Advanced skills training (anaesthetics or obstetrics and gynaecology). To achieve requirements for FACCRM or FARGP this year is essential.  
  • PGY4/5 – Community General Practice training and opportunity to provide procedural services with appropriate supervision at a rural facility and/or additional optional advanced skills training (emergency medicine, mental health, surgery, paediatrics)  
  • Credentialed to provide procedural services at a rural facility  
  • Fellowship FACRRM or FRACGP & FARGP  
  • Employment as GP VMO  
  • Entry to Procedural Training / Additional Advanced Skills – GP Registrars wishing to access Procedural Training (emergency medicine, obstetrics, mental health, anaesthetics or surgery) can apply for Procedural Training through the GP Procedural Training Program.

A State-wide Director and Regional Directors are being appointed to provide leadership for trainees and to assist in establishing individual learning plans, to facilitate networking activities and to ensure that training aligns with employment opportunities where there are identified workforce and community needs. Assistance will be given to identify employment opportunities in a rural General Practice with VMO status to provide procedural / advanced skills at a rural hospital at the conclusion of the rural generalist training program.

Regional Training Providers

The Regional Training Providers (RTPs) work together with the Local Health Districts to accredit specialty areas for procedural / advanced skills training, to support the supervisors at the training posts, to monitor log books and training progress and to assist individuals in meeting learning objectives leading to certification as a Rural Generalist. A list of accredited advanced skills posts for anaesthetics and obstetrics and gynaecology can be viewed here.

Accredited Advanced skills posts for anaesthetics and obstetrics have been allocated around rural NSW, in alignment with workforce need and service need of the community. For further information about individual advanced skills posts click here.

The Trainee will be allocated a GP mentor, a specialist supervisor at the hospital where procedural / advanced skills training is undertaken and will work with the RTP medical educator for the duration of the hospital training contract.

Click on the map below of RTPs and Advanced Skills Training Facilities for information on which facilities are focusing on what specialty for the 2013 Rural Generalist Training Program.

Map of RTPs 


Applicants must:

  • Demonstrate an interest in rural communities and rural clinical practice
  • Intend to provide procedural services in a rural community
  • Be registered or eligible for registration with the Medical Board of Australia
  • Be enrolled in or intending to enrol in General Practice Education Training (FACRRM or FRACGP & FARGP)

NB: An interest in advanced skills training in obstetrics and gynaecology and/or anaesthetics is a requirement of the position.

Click here view comments from a past Rural GP Procedural Program trainee

Mentor Network

A network is being developed to provide support for trainees for the duration of the training period and also to support graduates post program. Network activities will include workshops / skills sessions, electronic chat forums, teleconference meetings, teletutorials and career planning. If you are interested in obtaining further information about the Rural Generalist Program and Network activities, please click here.

Rural Generalist positions will be advertised as part of the JMO recruitment campaign at

Trainees can be accepted into the Rural Generalist Training program if they are a current GP Trainee or are in the process of applying to GP Training.

Preference matching will not be offered. Consideration will be given to individual preference for placement only after interview.

Training Endpoints

Rural Generalist trainees may choose either of the following end points:


Additional Information

For further information


download the program flyer here





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Craig Shields
Phone (02) 6361 4558

Last Updated: 2013-05-27 16:04:17+10