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Placement process for successful AGPT applicants

Incoming registrars are asked to complete an online placement questionnaire in which they nominate their preferred James Cook University (JCU) GP training regions from 1-11 as well as indicate their connections to rural regions, their training plans and other specific training requirements.

JCU offers training places for the entire JCU GP training region and there is no guarantee of a training placement in any particular area. Registrars are also required to attend a mandatory pre-entry Zoom meeting to discuss their eligibility to apply for Recognition of Prior Learning, the program training requirements and their training plans.  

Following these two processes, the placements team meets to allocate registrars to training regions taking into account the information supplied in the placements questionnaire, training post capacity and the health needs of our communities. Although the team makes every effort to do so, it is not always possible to allocate registrars to their preferred region. This is for several reasons including training post capacity, supervisor availability, training post requirements set by ACRRM and RACGP, and the importance that we give to distributing registrars evenly and fairly across the entire JCU region, with priority given to areas with greater health needs.

Registrars who commence their training on the AGPT program in a hospital post (RACGP mandatory hospital terms or ACRRM core generalist training), will not be allocated to a training region. Instead, they will participate in the placements process as outlined above.  

Once a registrar is allocated to a training region, the regional team will make contact with them to allocate two suitable training posts to interview at (if two are available at that time). Following their placement interview/s the training post decides whether to offer the registrar a placement. Registrars can choose to accept or decline an offer. Following this process, if there are no suitable available training posts in the allocated region, registrars will be offered interviews in other regions of JCU. 

JCU strongly encourages registrars to remain in one region of choice for the duration of their training. This allows registrars to build up a local patient base, provide continuity of care to the community, get to know the local services and referral pathways, and successfully prepare for college assessments.

Registrars should be aware that in some cases the college policies or training post accreditation may dictate a regional move. Examples of these include the RACGP's diversity requirement and ACRRM's placement requirements.

Explore the JCU training region and read registrar stories to find out more about the opportunities available.

Contact for more information.

2023 GP Placement Timeline - Key Dates

Fri, 19 Aug 2022 1.    Training Offer Acceptance or Rejection due to JCU.
Mon, 8 Aug 2022 – Wed, 24 Aug 2022

JCU’s GP Placement Questionnaire and Pre-entry meeting booking site open.

2.      All registrars to complete the questionnaire and book a pre-entry meeting time regardless of 2022 training intentions.

Mon, 8 Aug 2022 – Wed, 24 Aug 2022

3.      Registrars to submit Pre-entry meeting documentation to (if not uploaded with Placement Questionnaire responses).  See table above for more detail:

·           Up-to-date CV,

·           Current AHPRA registration,

·           Evidence of the date General Registration was first granted (if applicable),

·           Statement/s of Service for all hospital work including Internship,

·           End of Term Assessments for all mandatory hospital terms + 3 additional terms to demonstrate breadth of experience,

·           If planning to work in a hospital post in 2023, then a copy of the Hospital Employment Offer and 2023 term allocations,

·           BLS certificate valid on 23 Jan 2023 (if available and applicable).

Mon, 29 Aug 2022 –   Wed, 31 Aug 2022

4.      Pre-entry meetings held by Zoom. 

45-minute Zoom meetings attended by JCU staff member and Medical Educator to assess your hospital experience and eligibility to apply for Recognition of Prior Learning (if applicable).

No preparation required; documentation must be submitted by Wed, 24 Aug 2022.

By Wed, 7 Sep 2022 Training Region Allocation letters distributed to registrars by email.
Wed, 14 Sep 2022

Additional evidence requested for RACGP QLD Censor consideration* and all Paediatric case load evidence required before Practice Placement Interview letters can be provided. 

*JCU or the RACGP State Censor may request registrars to provide case studies to verify experience, if necessary.

Mon, 19 Sep 2022 – Tue, 20 Sep 2022 Practice Placement Interview allocation letters emailed to registrars and practices. 
Mon, 26 Sep 2022 –       Fri, 21 Oct 2022

Practice placement interviews (4 weeks):

Practice placement interviews take place, Offers made by practices, Medicare applications processed.

School holidays Monday, 19 September to Monday, 3 October 2022 – some practices may not be available for interviews during this time.

All offer acceptances to JCU by Sun, 23 Oct 2022.

From Mon, 24 Oct 2022

JCU teams distribute Medicare Provider Number paperwork for completion.

By Wed, 30 Nov 2022

RACGP registrars who wish to commence 2023 training in a community GP placement to submit a BLS certificate valid on Monday, 23 Jan 2023 to be submitted to JCU.

By Mon, 16 Jan 2023

All registrars to submit a copy of the payment receipt for College Financial Membership to JCU.

Mon, 23 Jan 2023 – Tue, 24 Jan 2023

Mandatory Introductory Workshop for those commencing in a community GP placement.  Details to be confirmed.

Wed, 25 Jan 2023

Additional one-day Introductory Workshop for ACRRM & remotely placed registrars. Details to be confirmed.

If you have any questions about the key dates, please contact the placement team on (07) 5373 4413.

Placements FAQs

How do I find out which training posts are available in each JCU region?JCU operates a distributed model, with offices located in each training region. If you are interested in training in a particular region, making contact with the relevant JCU office to find out more information is the first step. A list of training posts available in each region is provided on the relevant region page of this website. Please note that these pages do not indicate capacity, only the accreditation status of the post.Can I do all of my general practice training in the one training post?If you are following the RACGP pathway, you are required to experience a diversity of practice for your General Practice Training (GPT) terms. Refer to the RACGP Vocational Training Requirements for more information. Registrars following the ACRRM pathway are able to work in certain accredited training posts for all of their Core Generalist Training (CGT) terms.

Can I do all of my training in a hospital setting?No, all JCU registrars (including Queensland Health Rural Generalist Trainees and scholarship holders) must complete at least six months full-time equivalent in community general practice (may include Aboriginal Medical Services) during the first 12 months of general practice terms.

Who should I contact if I have questions about the JCU placements process?If you are new to JCU and do not yet have access to MyJCUGP please contact us.

If you are already a JCU registrar, please log on to MyJCUGP or contact your local JCU office.

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Townsville QLD 4811