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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 2022 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. 

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 (AST) is offered at various leading facilities 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 and Regional Training Organisations (RTOs) for other disciplines.

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

If you are interested in a location that is not currently listed as accredited, please contact the relevant RTO to discuss the possibility of obtaining the appropriate accreditation.

Curriculum statements are available from the ACRRM and RACGP websites.

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Bundaberg, Caboolture, Cairns, Gympie, Hervey Bay & Maryborough, Ipswich, Mackay, Mount Isa, Toowoomba, Townsville
Atherton, Cairns, Cherbourg, Cooktown, Gladstone, Goondiwindi, Hervey Bay & Maryborough, Innisfail, Mackay, Mareeba, Mornington Island, Mossman, Mount Isa, Palm Island, Rockhampton, Roma or Charleville, St George, Thursday Island, Townsville, Weipa, Woorabinda, Yarrabah, provincial and rural Aboriginal Medical Services locations
Bundaberg, Cairns, Gladstone, Gympie, Hervey Bay and Maryborough, Ipswich, Logan, Mackay, Mount Isa, Nambour, Redland, Rockhampton, Sunshine Coast, Toowoomba, Townsville
Bundaberg, Gold Coast, Ipswich, Mackay, Mount Isa, Redcliffe, Toowoomba, Townsville
Bundaberg, Cairns, Ipswich, Logan, Mackay, Rockhampton, Sunshine Coast, 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, Hervey Bay & Maryborough, Ipswich, Logan, Mackay, Mount Isa, Proserpine, Redland, Rockhampton, Sunshine Coast, Toowoomba, Townsville
Bundaberg, Caboolture, Cairns, Hervey Bay & Maryborough, Ipswich, Logan, Mackay, Mount Isa, Nambour, Redland, Rockhampton, Sunshine Coast, Toowoomba, Townsville
Bundaberg, Logan, Mackay, Redland, Toowoomba, Townsville

Key Dates

Event Date
AST Campaign information session with Department Directors via teleconference Wednesday 10 March 2021
Applications for anaesthetics, paediatrics, obstetrics and gynaecology, internal medicine and mental health open 9am Monday 19 April 2021
Applications for anaesthetics, paediatrics, obstetrics and gynaecology, internal medicine and mental health close 3pm Friday 7 May 2021
Collation of applications and panel shortlisting Monday 10 May – Friday 14 May 2021
Interviews conducted via Microsoft Teams Monday 17 May – Friday 28 May 2021
Ranked candidates presented to hospitals During above fortnight
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 31 May 2021
Candidates and Regional Training Organisations (RTOs) notified of outcome of anaesthetics, paediatrics, obstetrics and gynaecology, internal medicine and mental health applications Early – mid June 2021
RMO Campaign closes Monday 28 June 2021
RMO Campaign outcome released Mid October 2021

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2022 AST applications for Anaesthetics, Paediatrics, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Internal Medicine and Mental Health have closed.

AST applications for Emergency Medicine, Indigenous Health and  Surgery open Monday 31 May and close 28 June 2021. A portal link will appear below when applications open.

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