Placement types

Mainstream placements

A six-month full time equivalent (FTE) mainstream placement is recommended.

Location training requirement

  • At least a six-month FTE post in a MMM7 region*, minimum three nights per week and/or
  • At least 12-months FTE post (or training posts) in a MMM6 region.

*includes community based ESP/AST/ARST terms but excludes hospital based terms. Review the Doctor Connect website to establish your placement classification. This change to the training location requirement will apply to all GP registrars in the program no matter what year they joined unless they have completed the NTGPE current remote requirement by the commencement of the 2019 training year.  NTGPE has developed a set FAQ to assist those in the program.  There is a modified subsidy scheme and additional education support to GP registrars living and working in MMM6 and MMM7 regions.

Aboriginal health training post

A six-month FTE Aboriginal health training post, if town based Aboriginal Medical Service or fly-in fly-out (FIFO) minimum two days clinical per week over six months (Alice Springs Hospital, Katherine Hospital, Gove District Hospital, Tennant Creek Hospital excluded).

Extended skills post

Under RACGP, up to six months of extended skills training can count as part of the 52 weeks of GPT3 general practice training time, or GP registrars can undertake a post to assist them to prepare for a particular aspect of practice or to improve their skills and competency in a specific area of interested related to primary care such as dermatology or palliative care.

Non general practice extended skills posts can be undertaken at any time during your training for a maximum of six months, except in the case of non-clinical skills posts which must not be undertaken prior to completion of GPT1 and GPT2 terms. Overseas extended skills posts (ADF only) can only be undertaken after completion of GPT1 and GPT2.

Advanced skills posts (ARST/AST)

The first step is to speak with your training team about your interest in a 12-month advanced skills placement.

If you are enrolled in either the fellowship of ACRRM or the RACGP fellowship in Advanced Rural General Practice (FARGP), you will need to undertake 12 months of Advanced Specialised Training (AST) or Advanced Rural Skills Training (ARST). This can be done at any stage of your training. GP registrars enrolled with the RACGP cannot complete a ARST post unless they are enrolled in FARGP and complete the FARGP requirements.

Advanced skills posts have traditionally formed part of the AGPT program for GP registrars seeking to prepare for particular aspects of rural practice. They provide education and training in areas where there is a recognised service provision deficit that is critical to the provision of medical health service to rural or remote communities.

Advanced skills posts with a procedural focus must be based on the existing ARST or AST curricula of the relevant Colleges and can be in obstetrics, surgery, anaesthetics or emergency medicine. Non-procedural advanced skills posts may also be approved.

NB: all posts must be accredited through NTGPE and the relevant college (RACGP or ACRRM) before the term starts. This may take 2-3 months.

Advanced skills posts are approved by the colleges and WILL NOT be retrospectively accredited.


Past examples of AST/ARST/ESP  placements include;

  • Aboriginal Alcohol Treatment Program
  • Addiction Medicine and Mental Health
  • Alcohol and Other Drugs
  • Dermatology
  • General Surgery
  • Palliative Care
  • Public Health/Aboriginal Health
  • Mental Health
  • Respiratory and Sleep Services
  • Women’s Health
  • Advanced Academic Extended Skills


Concurrent posts

These are two part time GPT/PRRT posts done at the same time (i.e. two or more independent posts done simultaneously) e.g. 0.5FTE at ‘Clinic A’ and 0.5FTE at ‘Clinic B’.

Additional information

  • Must be in the Northern Territory for GP/PRR/CGT terms.
  • Under exceptional circumstances may start on leave. Refer to AGPT Leave Policy.