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Applicants for the Australian General Practice Training (AGPT) program can elect to train in either a rural pathway or a general pathway.
The rural pathway is designed for doctors who wish to undertake the majority of their training in rural and remote areas of Australia.
Some overseas-trained or overseas-born doctors (affected by the 10-year moratorium) may be required to join the rural pathway and are ineligible for the general pathway.
Rural pathway areas are designated as Remoteness Areas (RAs) 2 to 5. Generous financial incentives are available for rural pathway registrars.
The general pathway is for doctors who wish to train in urban areas. There is flexibility available as to how GP terms are undertaken. General pathway registrars are required to undertake a minimum of twelve months training in one of the following: a rural location, outer metropolitan location, non-capital city RA 1 location, an Aboriginal medical service or six months training in any two of these locations. For more detailed information, view page 11 of the 2012 Guide for GP Registrars.
Financial incentives are available for general pathway registrars who train in rural areas.