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Mandatory Hospital Experience

The Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM) and the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) stipulate the minimum requirement registrars have to meet to become eligible to undertake the community General Practice component of their training.  This is referred to as ‘GP readiness’.

JCU conducts a Pre-entry Meeting with successful applicants prior to their training commencement to review their hospital experience to determine their ‘GP readiness’ and eligibility to apply for Recognition of Prior Learning.

Each hospital rotation must be:

  • 10 - 12* weeks duration, full-time equivalent,
  • Undertaken within the past 5 years,
  • Undertaken in an accredited Australian or New Zealand major teaching hospital.

* RACGP will accept an 8-week Emergency Medicine term.

Rotations undertaken as an intern can count towards mandatory hospital rotations so long as they were undertaken in an accredited Australian or New Zealand hospital.

Please review the RACGP’s Mandatory Hospital Term Requirement Guidance Document for more information or ACRRM’s Fellowship Training Handbook (p. 8-10) for alternative options to meet the Paediatric, Anaesthetic and Obstetrics & Gynaecology requirements.

Collect the following evidence in preparation for training:

  • Statements of Service for all your hospital experience including your intern year,
  • End of Term Assessments for each hospital term,
  • Evidence of the date you were first granted AHPRA General Registration (usually an email or letter from AHPRA confirming the date your application was approved).

Contact us if you have questions specific to your own hospital experience or to book a meeting with one of our team.

Further information
ACRRM:        RACGP:        AGPT: 

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