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.
- 2018 Rural Advanced Skills Training Positions List
- 2018 Rural Advanced Skills Training How to Complete Application Guide
- 2018 Rural Advanced Skills Training – FAQs
For any queries, clarification or additional information, please contact our team.
*Surgical AST takes two years to complete.
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.
- 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
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.
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.
|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|
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.