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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 2019 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 paediatrics. 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, surgery 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. The Australian General Practice Training Rural Generalist Policy enables registrars to undertake AST outside of their home RTO region. More than one AST may also be undertaken where the conditions outlined in the policy are met. 
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 Scholarship Agreement 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, paediatrics, 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.

Learn more about the model of service delivery that a Rural Generalist with Mental Health advanced skills can provide here.

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 10am Wednesday 21 March 2018
Applications for Anaesthetics, Paediatrics, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Internal Medicine and Mental Health open 9am Tuesday 24 April 2018
Applications for Anaesthetics, Paediatrics, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Internal Medicine and Mental Health close 3pm Friday 11 May 2018
Collation of applications and panel shortlisting Monday 14 – Wednesday 16 May 2018
Interviews conducted via teleconference Thursday 17 – Thursday 31 May 2018
Ranked candidates presented to hospitals Monday 28 May – early June 2018
Resident Medical Officer (RMO) Campaign opens for those wishing to apply for AST in Emergency Medicine, Surgery and Indigenous Health

Unsuccessful candidates in Anaesthetics, Paediatrics, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Internal Medicine and Mental Health can amend their application to be considered for the RMO Campaign

Wednesday 6 June 2018
Candidates and Regional Training Organisations (RTOs) notified of outcome of Anaesthetics, Paediatrics, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Internal Medicine and Mental Health applications Early – mid June 2018
RMO Campaign closes Wednesday 4 July 2018
RMO Campaign outcome released Mid October 2018

Process

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The 2019 Campaign is now closed.

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