General Practice (Rural Generalism)


  • 4 years full time
  • Offers flexible training options


  • VIC, SA, NSW and TAS operate state-based Rural Generalist (RG) Programs.
  • NSW, SA and TAS entry is Min completion of PGY1+
  • VIC entry is Rural Generalist Y1
  • Graduates interested in training as a Rural Generalist may choose an elective term in primary care during their intern year
  • Lateral entry from other training pathways is also an option


  • Rural Generalists are general practitioners who have trained to gain additional clinical skills in one or more specialty area/s allowing them to work unsupervised in that specialty area in regional, rural and remote communities
  • RACGP Registrars seeking a Rural Generalist pathway to Fellowship must successfully complete an additional 12-months Advanced Rural Skills Training (ARST)
  • All ACRRM Registrars are required to complete 12 months Advanced Specialised Training (AST)
  • All ARST or AST training must be accredited
  • Click here to read the RACGP and ACCRM joint statement on training pathways


Accredited ARST/AST may be available in one of the following specialty areas depending on your region/location

  • Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Health
  • Academic Practice
  • Adolescent & Youth Health
  • Adult Internal Medicine
  • Aged Care
  • Alcohol & Drug Services
  • Anaesthesia
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Medical Education
  • Mental Health
  • Obstetrics & Gynaecology
  • Paediatrics
  • Palliative Medicine
  • Polar Medicine
  • Population Health
  • Remote Medicine
  • Retrieval Medicine
  • Surgery (General)

Information about Rural Generalism should be read in conjunction with the information about General Practice training.

Information from is intended as a summary to assist with career planning and has been developed by The South Eastern Regional Training Hubs Collaboration. While every effort has been made to ensure accuracy, details should be verified through the relevant Specialist College and health services. LAST UPDATED February 20, 2023