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 Queensland Rural 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 2023 recruitment round is outlined below.
- 2024 Rural Advanced Skills Position List
- QRGP AST Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Initiative Guide
- 2024 Rural Advanced Skills Training – Application Guide
- 2024 Rural Advanced Skills Training – FAQs
- Diploma of Rural Generalist Anaesthesia (DRGA) – FAQs
- Diploma of Rural Generalist Anaesthesia (DRGA) – Trainee Factsheet
For any queries, clarification or additional information, please contact our team.
*Surgical AST takes two years to complete.
The QRGP team have developed several guides to support trainees and facilities to better understand and value advanced skills training in cognitive disciplines such as mental health, paediatrics and internal medicine. These guides outline the role of an RG with these advanced skills, possible models of service delivery, the opportunities and considerations for in-community training, and considerations for CPD and MOPS.
- Advanced skills role and model of service delivery: Internal Medicine
- Advanced skills role and model of service delivery: Mental Health
- Advanced skills role and model of service delivery: Paediatrics
- Community Integrated Advanced Skills Training Guide
- Recommended CPD requirements for cognitive AST Maintenance of Professional Standards (MOPS)
If you would like further information on completing AST in any of these disciplines, please get in touch with the QRGP team for advice and support.
The information above is updated annually. These resources were last updated in July 2023.
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 College 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
If you are not a Queensland Rural Generalist Pathway Trainee and you would like to express interest in undertaking AST, email us.
Disciplines and locations
Advanced Skills Training (AST) position offerings vary year to year and so do the job opportunities available in rural facilities after training. The QRGP team, in collaboration with other training partners, has collated and mapped advanced skill training positions and rural vacancies to help trainees make informed career decisions.
The information below is updated annually and is historical. For future recruitment opportunities, please refer to the relevant QRGP position list for anaesthetics, O&G, paediatrics, mental health and internal medicine; and the RMO Campaign and Colleges for other disciplines.
If you’d like to know whether it’s possible to complete training in a particular discipline, or work in a particular location with that advanced skill, and it doesn’t appear in the resources below, get in touch with the QRGP team for advice and support.
These resources were last updated in June 2023:
|AST Campaign information session for applicants via Microsoft Teams||7 – 8pm Monday
20 March 2023
|Applications for anaesthetics, paediatrics, obstetrics and gynaecology, internal medicine and mental health open||9am Tuesday
11 April 2023
|Applications for anaesthetics, paediatrics, obstetrics and gynaecology, internal medicine and mental health close||3pm Thursday
27 April 2023
|Collation of applications and panel shortlisting||Friday
28 April to
10 May 2023
|Interviews conducted via Microsoft Teams||Monday
15 May to
25 May 2023
|Ranked candidates presented to hospitals||During above period|
|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
|Monday 5 June 2023|
|Candidates and Regional Training Organisations (RTOs) notified of outcome of anaesthetics, paediatrics, obstetrics and gynaecology, internal medicine and mental health applications||Early to mid June 2023|
|RMO Campaign closes||3pm Monday
3 July 2023
|RMO Campaign outcome released||Mid October 2023|
2024 AST applications for Anaesthetics, Paediatrics, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Internal Medicine and Mental Health have now closed.
2024 AST applications for Emergency Medicine, Indigenous Health and Surgery open through the Resident Medical Officer (RMO) Campaign have now closed.