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 2023 recruitment round is outlined below.
- 2023 Rural Advanced Skills Position List
- QRGP AST Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Initiative Guide
- 2023 Rural Advanced Skills Training – Application Guide
- 2023 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.
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.
- 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
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 Regional Training Organisations (RTOs) 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 September 2022:
|AST Campaign information session with Department Directors via Microsoft Teams||10.30am Wednesday
16 March 2022
|Applications for anaesthetics, paediatrics, obstetrics and gynaecology, internal medicine and mental health open||9am Monday
11 April 2022
|Applications for anaesthetics, paediatrics, obstetrics and gynaecology, internal medicine and mental health close||3pm Tuesday
3 May 2022
|Collation of applications and panel shortlisting||Wednesday
4 May to
11 May 2022
|Interviews conducted via Microsoft Teams||Monday
16 May to
25 May 2022
|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 6 June 2022|
|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 2022|
|RMO Campaign closes||3pm Monday
4 July 2022
|RMO Campaign outcome released||Mid October 2022|
2023 AST applications for Anaesthetics, Paediatrics, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Internal Medicine and Mental Health are now closed.
2023 AST applications for Emergency Medicine, Indigenous Health and Surgery are now closed.