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Essential Information

Advanced skills training adds depth to your general practice training and enhances your clinical practice by providing focused, specialised training for twelve months* in a specific discipline. We encourage Generalist Pathway trainees to select an AST position based on the needs of the rural community that they wish to relocate to following completion of training.

Information regarding the 2018 recruitment round is outlined below.

For any queries, clarification or additional information, please contact our team.

*Surgical AST takes two years to complete.

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The QRGP coordinates a statewide recruitment and placement process for medical officers wishing to undertake AST in mental health, adult internal medicine, anaesthetics, obstetrics and surgery. The campaign opens in April/May each year for commencement the following year. You do not need to be a Queensland Rural Generalist Trainee to apply.

AST in emergency medicine, paediatrics and Indigenous health is coordinated via Queensland Health’s Resident Medical Officer Campaign. Applications for these disciplines open in June for commencement the following year. We encourage you to discuss your interest in applying for AST with department Directors, your Regional Training Organisation and the QRGP. We’re here to support you and help you navigate the path to your career goals.

Applicants must:

  • Be PGY2 or greater at the time of application
  • Hold general registration with the Medical Board of Australia
  • Demonstrate commitment to providing services to a rural community in the chosen advanced skill discipline
Applications for advanced skills training positions through either the Queensland Rural Generalist Pathway’s centralised process or through the Resident Medical Officer Campaign require you to submit your preference for training locations. Recent changes in Australian General Practice Training policy have led to stronger restrictions in a registrar’s freedom of movement between training regions (Generalist Medical Training region or General Practice Training Queensland region).

We recommend preferencing locations within your training region. It is acknowledged by the Pathway that through the centralised process, there is a possibility of allocation outside your training region irrespective of preferencing.

If you have compelling reasons for completing advanced skills training outside of your allocated training region then it is important that you involve the Queensland Rural Generalist Pathway team as soon as possible, and ideally prior to submission of your application.

If you are ultimately offered a position outside of your Regional Training Organisation’s region, either through preference or allocation, your preferencing may be shared with the Regional Training Organisation to assist with discussions regarding transfer for your training. The Pathway team will assist you through this process to provide the best chance of successful transfer.

Queensland Health Rural Scholarship Scheme (QHRSS) holders should be aware that, unless AST is undertaken in a rural location approved for service period, it does not count as return of service. A Contract Variation Request Form will need to be completed upon notification of successful application.

If you are not a Generalist Pathway Trainee and you would like to express interest in undertaking AST, email us.

Disciplines and Locations

Advanced Skills Training is offered at various leading hospitals around Queensland. Not all AST disciplines are available at all locations. The information below is only a guide; for up-to-date information, please refer to the campaign position list for anaesthetics, O&G, surgery, mental health and internal medicine and the RMO Campaign for other disciplines.

Further advice should be sought from Regional Training Organisations regarding the current accreditation status of positions at a particular location.

Curriculum statements are available from the ACRRM and RACGP websites.

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Bundaberg, Caboolture, Cairns, Ipswich, Toowoomba
Cherbourg, Doomadgee, Gladstone, Goondiwindi, Mornington Island, Mount Isa, Palm Island, Woorabinda, provincial and rural Aboriginal Medical Services locations
Bundaberg, Cairns, Gladstone, Gympie, Hervey Bay, Ipswich, Logan, Mackay, Mount Isa, Nambour, Redland, Rockhampton, Toowoomba, Townsville
Cairns, Gold Coast, Ipswich, Mackay, Redcliffe, Toowoomba
Cairns, Ipswich, Logan, Mackay, Rockhampton, Toowoomba, Townsville
Bundaberg, Caboolture, Cairns, Gladstone, Hervey Bay, Ipswich, Logan, Mackay, Mount Isa, Nambour, Redland, Rockhampton, Toowomba, Townsville
Bundaberg, Caboolture, Cairns, Hervey Bay, Ipswich, Logan, Mackay, Mount Isa, Nambour, Redland, Rockhampton, Toowoomba, Townsville
Bundaberg, Cairns, Logan, Mackay, Redland, Rockhampton, Toowoomba

Key Dates

Event Date
AST Campaign information session with Department Directors via teleconference Wednesday 1 March 2017 at 10am
Applications for Anaesthetics, Surgery, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Internal Medicine and Mental Health open Wednesday 26 April 2017 at 9am
Applications for Anaesthetics, Surgery, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Internal Medicine and Mental Health close Friday 12 May 2017 at 3pm
Collation of applications and panel shortlisting Monday 15 – Wednesday 17 May 2017
Interviews conducted via teleconference Monday 22 – Friday 26 May 2017
Ranked candidates presented to hospitals Monday 29 May – early June 2017
Unsuccessful candidates in Anaesthetics, Surgery, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Internal Medicine and Mental Health can amend their application to be considered for the RMO Campaign Wednesday 7 June 2017
Candidates and Regional Training Organisations (RTOs) notified of outcome of Anaesthetics, Surgery, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Internal Medicine and Mental Health applications Early – mid June 2017
RMO Campaign closes Wednesday 5 July 2017
RMO Campaign outcome released Mid October 2017

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The 2018 Campaign has now closed. Click on the key dates tab for an indication of possible timings for the 2019 Campaign until confirmed dates are released.

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