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  • Keeping Australia Alive courtesy of ITV Studios Australia | Ep1: Cradle to Grave

    The Keeping Australia Alive series was a landmark documentary event that captured a snapshot of the Australian health system with 100 cameras over a 24 hour period in October 2015. The series originally aired on ABC in March 2016 and the first episode, Cradle to Grave, featured rural generalist practice in Longreach and Queensland Rural Generalist Pathway Medical Director Dr John Douyere.

What is The Generalist Pathway?

The Queensland Rural Generalist Pathway, The Generalist Pathway for short, supports junior medical officers with fast-track training and development to become a Rural Generalist, or to go on to any other medical field. The Generalist Pathway is a highly respected, selective and flexible pathway that offers Australia’s most passionate and dedicated medical students the opportunity to explore a wide variety of clinical training and develop the advanced skill set required to support the health needs of rural communities.

What does the Pathway offer?

Career Navigation

Career advice

As a Rural Generalist Pathway trainee, we support you with an experienced practicing clinician. Our Career Navigators and admin team help you avoid potential career pitfalls and are there to troubleshoot any personal, professional or administrative issues so that you can focus on training opportunities.

Get Further, Faster

Career fast track
Earn more
Fellowship in five years

We offer you the quickest pathway, with the least relocations, to achieving a senior appointment. From PGY4 you can become a provisional SMO, earning up to double the pay of your peers. From there it’s only two years to Fellowship. There’s no bonded lock in period on the Pathway, so it’s all upside, no downside.

Privileged Access

Guaranteed terms
Diverse skills training
Expanded options

We offer all of our PGY 1 & 2 Trainees guaranteed access to hard-to-get training term experience in paediatrics, obstetrics & gynaecology, and anaesthetics. And we have access to the largest number of Advanced Specialised Training positions in Australia.

Endless Options


The Generalist Pathway not only qualifies you for life as a rural generalist, it also sets you up for a career in almost any other medical field. Our Fellows go on to roles in rural generalism, clinical leadership, international aid work, expeditionary and retrieval medicine, and are perfectly positioned to enter other specialist training programs.

Pathway Timeline

Find your calling.

As an intern, and then a Junior House Officer, you lay the foundations for your future career. Access a wide range of training experiences to help you decide the next step on your career path.

Priority access

Guaranteed access to term experience in O&G, paediatrics and anaesthetics.

Experience more 

Access additional hands-on experience, with a wide variety of presentations in special extended rural terms. Attend our exclusive workshops, where you will build your professional network and gain important extra skills to progress your career faster.

Career guidance 

Get experienced and supportive advice when you need it most, with scheduled and unscheduled contact from your Career Navigator, an experienced practicing clinician.

On-call support

You’re never alone. From personal and family matters, to important deadlines and admin task reminders, we’re here by your side and on the end of a phone line.

Build your knowledge.

As a Rural Generalist, you’ll need general practice plus additional skills. Master advanced skills in a discipline you’re passionate about. As a Registrar/PHO, spend your time learning about and working in your chosen field. We work with your Regional Training Organisation to help keep your training on the fast track.

Fast track training

Five day exclusive boot camps for those completing training in anaesthetics and O&G to get you career ready.

Stay on target

We check accreditation to ensure that you avoid positions that add nothing to your Fellowship training and we help you find the discipline that best fits your career goals. But if you find it’s not working out, we’ll support you to continue to progress your career, while helping you find another position.

Recruitment assistance 

Fill out one form, do one interview, then we match you with available and suitable positions.

On-call support

Your Career Navigator and the team work hard to get to know you and are available to help troubleshoot any personal or professional challenges you may face.

Expand your skills.

Develop and hone your skills to become the doctor you’ve always wanted to be. Whether it’s in a hospital, community, or other setting, receive on-the-ground general practice training. Make a difference as an integral member of the clinical team in a rural community, with the potential to achieve a senior appointment.

Endless opportunity

As well as being a highly capable Rural Generalist, you’re perfectly positioned for clinical leadership, international aid work, expeditionary and retrieval medicine, or other specialist training.

Earn more faster

You’re eligible for a senior position in PGY4, faster than any other training program.

Step up and stand out 

Employers seek out Pathway Trainees for their superior skills and experience. Leadership training is embedded throughout the Pathway. You can formalise this with a leadership qualification developed specifically for Pathway Trainees.

One stop for jobs

We find and list available, accredited hospital jobs in rural Queensland and have an extensive network across the state for general practice vacancies.

Career check up 

We help ensure you’re not missing anything in the lead up to your Fellowship.

On-call support 

Our team transitions with you as your challenges change; we’re here to help work through any on the ground issues that may impact your ability to adjust and grow your career.

Explore opportunites.

You’re now a self-sufficient practicing doctor. As part of the respected QRGP community, you now have endless opportunities to take your career anywhere.

Endless opportunity

As well as being a highly capable Rural Generalist, you’re perfectly positioned for clinical leadership, international aid work, expeditionary and retrieval medicine, or other specialist training.

Recognised excellence

As an alumni of The Generalist Pathway, be recognised for your world leading Rural Generalist training.

Poised to lead

Formalise your credentials with a leadership qualification developed specifically for the Pathway.


No. Your career path is up to you. You’re free to change course whenever you like.

Training as a rural generalist actually increases your career options. The Generalist Pathway not only qualifies you for life as a rural generalist, it also sets you up for a career in almost any other medical field. Our Fellows are strongly positioned for a myriad of job opportunities and have gone on to roles in clinical leadership, international aid work, expedition and retrieval medicine and entry into other highly specialised training programs. To date, every Rural Generalist Trainee or Fellow who has applied to an alternative specialist program has gained entry.

Rural generalists earn a similar salary to other specialists and often reach higher pay levels significantly faster. In fact, our fast track program embedded in The Generalist Pathway allows our interns to achieve senior appointments after three years of commencing the program, often up to doubling their salary in comparison to peers not on the Pathway.

This is not true in most cases. Many Rural Generalists complete anaesthetics advanced skills training but there is a limited availability of anaesthetics training positions statewide. It is expected that Rural Generalist Trainees undertaking anaesthetics advanced skills training are doing so with the intention of delivering elective anaesthetic services in a rural community after training. Trying to use the QRGP as a short cut on the way to anaesthetics specialist training is not fair to genuine Rural Generalist Trainees or to those pursuing specialist training. This behaviour is looked on poorly by both QRGP and the anaesthetics training scheme. A genuine change of career path can and does happen quite successfully.

More FAQs

Career Navigators

John lives in Longreach where he has worked since 1996 as a rural generalist with obstetric and anaesthetic advanced skills.

Dr John Douyere

Leanne grew up in rural Queensland south of Mackay near Sarina and Carmilla.

Dr Leanne Browning

James is a Rural Generalist Senior Medical Officer at Stanthorpe Hospital. He graduated from Flinders University in 2003.

Dr James Telfer

Tarun is Director of Medical Education and Professor of Health Professional Education at the James Cook University School of Medicine and Dentistry.

Professor Tarun Sen Gupta

Dale graduated from the Flinders University of South Australia in 1982, initially pursuing a career in Rural General Practice, and subsequently in Emergency Medicine.

Dr Dale Hanson

Dr Natasha Coventry is currently Medical Superintendent of Cooktown Hospital.

Dr Natasha Coventry

Dr Michael Clements commenced his studies at Sydney University through the RAAF Graduate Medical Scheme.

Dr Michael Clements

Professor Kitchener graduated from medicine at UQ with a Defence Scholarship. His junior years were occasionally in Brisbane, but also Hughenden, Biloela, Toowoomba and Inala Community Health.

Professor Scott Kitchener

Prue grew up in the Wide Bay region and spent her childhood weekends on the family dairy farm outside of Biggenden.

Dr Prue Dawson

Growing up in Brisbane in the 80’s, Felicity never imagined she would one day work in rural Queensland.

Dr Felicity Constable

Claudia is currently working as a General Practitioner with the Institute of Urban Indigenous Health (IUIH) across the North side of Brisbane, as well as providing regional relieving services in partnership with IUIH to rural and remote sites across Western QLD.

Dr Claudia Collins
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