As a GPEx registrar, you may choose to sub-specialise and build your skills in medical disciplines beyond community General Practice through either an Extended Skill, Advanced Specialised Training, or Advanced Rural Skills Training.  If you have other interests that you wish to pursue that are not listed below, please contact your GPEx Program Coordinator.

Extended Skill

RACGP registrars must complete six months of Extended Skills (ES) training as part of their Fellowship. This training can be undertaken at any stage during GP training in a community GP practice or non-community setting. It is designed to extend the depth and breadth of a registrar’s skill base in areas relevant to primary medical care. GPEx recommends that registrars complete an ES post in their final training term, so they have time to assess what areas they would like to extend their skills in to supplement their general practice training.

Advanced Specialised Training and Advanced Rural Skills Training

A Rural Generalist is a general practitioner working in rural and remote communities who provides primary, secondary and emergency care, and specialised medical care in at least one procedural or non-procedural discipline.

To become a Rural Generalist, you are required to undertake a minimum of 12 months of Advanced Skills training in one of these procedural or non-procedural disciplines to develop advanced medical knowledge and skills.

On the ACRRM’s Rural Generalist pathway, this is referred to as Advanced Specialist Training (AST).

On the RACGP’s Rural Generalist pathway, this is referred to as Advanced Rural Skills Training (ARST).

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