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Hospital experience

The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) and Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM) require mandatory hospital rotations in each of the disciplines listed below.

Mandatory hospital rotations do not have to be completed before application or entry into the Australian General Practice Training (AGPT) program, but they must be completed prior to commencing terms in general practice.*

Each rotation must be 10-12 weeks duration, full-time equivalent, and undertaken in an accredited Australian or New Zealand hospital. 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.


  • General Medicine
  • General Surgery
  • Emergency
  • Paediatrics*
  • Anaesthetics*
  • Obstetrics and gynaecology*


  • General Medicine
  • General Surgery
  • Emergency
  • Paediatrics

*Please note that ACRRM registrars must undertake paediatrics, anaesthetics and obstetrics and gynaecology experience during their training, but this does not need to be done prior to commencing terms in general practice. Registrars who have not met ACRRM’s prevocational requirements for paediatrics, anaesthetics, and obstetrics and gynaecology before 19 January 2020, are required to submit an Application for Alternative Training Arrangement to James Cook University (JCU) for approval. 

Please consult the ACRRM Fellowship Handbook (p. 10-12) for options on how to meet these requirements without completing a 10-12 week hospital term.

Alternatives to the paediatrics rotation requirement

It is acknowledged that securing a paediatric rotation can be difficult and is not always possible. Acceptable alternatives to this requirement are specific to a registrar’s chosen college. Please review the RACGP and ACRRM paediatrics materials for more information on specific paediatric requirements and acceptable alternatives.

Additional hospital rotations

In addition to the mandatory rotations listed above, registrars must also obtain hospital rotations in a variety of other areas to demonstrate a breadth of experience. It is recommended that disciplines offer skills relevant to general practice, such as obstetrics and gynaecology, psychiatry, aged care or rehabilitation. Please refer to the individual college websites for more information.

Further information
ACRRM:        RACGP:        AGPT: 

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