The Australian Government places a quota on the number of AGPT training positions available, therefore entry into the program is on a competitive basis. For the 2015 training year, 1,500 positions are available for the AGPT program Australia wide. NCGPT was allocated 55 positions (44 Rural and 11 General pathways) for its 2015 intake.
Selection into the AGPT program is a merit-based, competitive and multi-phased process used to determine which applicants are best suited to general practice. Applicants apply to the program through General Practice Education and Training (GPET) and submit their applications via the AGPT website. Applicants select their preferred Regional Training Providers (RTPs) as part of their application process.
The New Applicant Section on the AGPT website provides detailed information about the AGPT selection process, eligibility, FAQs, key dates and the AGPT Applicant Guide.
NCGPT will also require its shortlisted applicants to complete the NCGPT Application Form once shortlists are released on 30th July 2014. Some documentation, such as statements of service are required as part of this application so applicants may need to start sourcing these now as this application will need to be returned within 10 days.
AGPT Selection Update 21st July 2014
On 21 July GPET will notify all AGPT applicants of their 1 - 10 ranking according to their combined score from the Online Situational Judgement Test (SJT) and the Multiple Mini Interviews (MMI). GPET will also release on 21 July the Preference Distribution Matrix. This matrix shows the preferences for all RTPs and allows applicants to see what RTPs they have a likelihood of being accepted in according to their ranking (Bands 1 – 10).
When rankings and the matrix are released, applicants will have until 10am 28 July to change their preferences. Many applicants won’t change their preferences and will rely on the fact that while they may not be confident of getting their first preference, their ranking score will get them into their second or third preference.
However, some applicants may need to have a rethink depending on their ranking result. Some may even need to consider changing from a General to Rural Pathway. In many RTPs the “cut off” ranking for the General Pathway is higher than for the Rural Pathway, so if an applicant desires to attend a particular RTP then a change in pathway may facilitate this. Applicants need to be aware pathway choices can restrict their ability to train in certain locations.
For the 2015 intake, NCGPT has 44 Rural and 11 General positions available. Last year, the majority of applicants who achieved a General placement with NCGPT were ranked in the 1 – 4 Bands. The "cut off" for Rural placements was Band 8. Importantly, the “cut off” ranking for selection changes from year to year but applicants need to decide for themselves if a change of preference or pathway will assist in their chances of being selected into their preferred RTP.
NCGPT applicants should be aware of the following important information regarding Rural and General Pathways.
AGPT applicants are often confused about the differences between the Rural and General Pathways. Basically, these pathways determine what geographical areas (RA1-5) a registrar needs to practice in, not the content of the training program or the length of time it takes to complete.
In RTPs such as North Coast GP Training, registrars doing either pathway receive the same training over the same period of time. In the NCGPT region there is only one location (Tweed Heads) that Rural Pathway Registrars can not practice in. Consequently there is no significant training differences between the two pathways. There are however generous incentive payments made under the General Practice Rural Incentive Program (GPRIP) available to registrars working in some rural RA locations.
Rural Pathway registrars should be aware they are restricted from training in certain RA area.
There will be a very short time frame for completion of the application form once allocations are released in August.
The information requested on this application is designed to provide you with the opportunity to inform NCGPT about:
1. Your readiness to commence training in a general practice, or whether you require further time in hospital in order to complete the mandatory requirements prior to starting a GP term;
2. Your suitability for training in a regional/rural location, and in particular in the NCGPT region
3. Your preference for where you wish to undertake your training within our region;
4. Your understanding about certain requirements you must meet if you wish to join our training program.
As part of the NCGPT application, you will need to provide statements of service and assessments for your hospital placements for completed PGY1 (intern) and PGY2 (resident) years, and more recent experience if appropriate.
If you do not already have these documents, we strongly encourage you to begin collecting them now.
After assessing these applications, NCGPT may contact applicants to arrange a phone or Skype interview. If required, these interviews will be held between 10 – 17 August 2014.
View the 2015 NCGPT Application for Selection Form. (Only those shortlisted to NCGPT will be required to complete this application.)
The NCGPT Training Programs
NCGPT's general practice training program allows registrars to train towards Fellowship of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP), the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM), or both. For those seeking to further prepare for the challenges of working in rural settings NCGPT supports the Fellowship in Advanced Rural General Practice (FARGP). During their training registrars can opt to work in practices that specialise in specific health areas of interest to them. Full practical exam preparation support is offered, for both the written and clinical exams, giving our registrars a strong track record of success in the College exams.
NCGPT’s strong Procedural Training Program offers Registrars opportunities to gain valuable procedural skills in Emergency, O&G, Anaesthetics, Surgery and Mental Health in accredited Advanced Rural Skills Posts based in hospitals across the region. NCGPT registrars also have opportunities for a rich and rewarding experience in any one of five Aboriginal Medical and Health Services across the region
AGPT applicants will be able to apply for the Rural Generalist Program with training offered in Emergency Medicine, Obstetrics and Gynaecology and Anaesthetics in accredited Advanced Rural Skills Posts based in hospitals across the region. NCGPT registrars also have opportunities for a rich and rewarding career experience in any one of six Aboriginal Medical and Health Services across the region.
Training Practice Availability and Allocations
NCGPT registrars have the option of training in any one of over 60 high quality accredited training practices across our region. Although NCGPT makes every effort to place registrars in their preferred location there are only a limited number of training places available at any given time. Historically, the training practices in the far north of our region (the area north of Ballina including Murwillumbah, Ocean Shores, Mullumbimby, Brunswick Heads and Byron Bay) are always in high demand.
Due to ongoing high demand, new applicants wishing to train in the northernmost part of the region may be required to undertake at least part of their training at locations further south such as Ballina, Bangalow, Alstonville, Goonellabah, Lismore, Maclean or in our beautiful Coffs Harbour or Port Macquarie education nodes. All of the communities of the north coast of NSW have a great deal to offer, so we encourage all potential applicants to consider a range of training locations.
Once registrars select a training location NCGPT will do everything possible to ensure that all future training can be undertaken in practices within a reasonable commutable distance of their chosen home, provided their home is within the NCGPT region.
If you still have a question about applying to North Coast GP Training contact Jo Sayer on 66 8157 11 or email email@example.com
Request the NCGPT Info Pack.
Note:NCGPT reserves the right to consider for placement on the AGPT program a limited number of applicants based on our workforce and geographic distribution requirements.