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Advanced skills

Applications for indigenous health, paediatrics and emergency medicine open Wednesday, 7 June 2017.

Internal medicine

Mental health

Indigenous health


Rural Generalists are integral members of their communities, providing invaluable services to rural communities across Australia every day. Advanced specialised training adds depth to your training and enhances your clinical practice by providing focused, specialised training for twelve months* in a specific discipline.

AST can be undertaken in:

  • Adult Internal Medicine
  • Indigenous Health
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Paediatrics
  • Mental Health
  • Obstetrics and Gynaecology
  • Anaesthetics
  • Surgery

We encourage our Generalist Pathway trainees to select an AST position based on the needs of the rural community that they wish to relocate to following completion of training.

Curriculum statements are available from the ACRRM and RACGP websites.

The Cunningham Centre delivers the Rural Generalist Obstetrics and Gynaecology Introductory Program and the Rural Generalist Anaesthetic Introductory Program annually for medical officers undertaking Advanced Specialised Training in these disciplines.

*Surgical AST takes two years to complete.

AST position locations

AST is offered at various leading hospitals around Queensland. Not all AST disciplines are available at all locations. The table below is only a guide; for up-to-date information, please refer to the position list below for anaesthetics, O&G, surgery, mental health and internal medicine and the RMO Campaign for other disciplines.

Further advice should be sought from Regional Training Organisations regarding the current accreditation status of positions at a particular location.

Discipline Location
Adult Internal Medicine Bundaberg, Caboolture, Cairns, Ipswich, Toowoomba
Indigenous Health Cherbourg, Doomagee, Gladstone, Goondiwindi, Mornington Island, Mount Isa, Palm Island, Woorabinda, provincial and rural Aboriginal Medical Services locations
Emergency Medicine Bundaberg, Cairns, Gladstone, Gympie, Hervey Bay, Ipswich, Logan, Mackay, Mount Isa, Nambour, Redland, Rockhampton, Toowoomba, Townsville
Paediatrics Cairns, Gold Coast, Ipswich, Mackay, Redcliffe, Toowoomba
Mental Health Cairns, Ipswich, Logan, Mackay, Rockhampton, Toowoomba, Townsville
Obstetrics and gynaecology Bundaberg, Caboolture, Cairns, Gladstone, Hervey Bay, Ipswich, Logan, Mackay, Mount Isa, Nambour, Redland, Rockhampton, Toowomba, Townsville
Anaesthetics Bundaberg, Caboolture, Cairns, Hervey Bay, Ipswich, Logan, Mackay, Mount Isa, Nambour, Redland, Rockhampton, Toowoomba, Townsville
Surgery Bundaberg, Cairns, Logan, Mackay, Redland, Rockhampton, Toowoomba

Applying for AST

The QRGP coordinates a statewide recruitment and placement process for medical officers wishing to undertake AST in mental health, adult internal medicine, anaesthetics, obstetrics and surgery. The campaign opens in April/May each year for commencement the following year. You do not need to be a Queensland Rural Generalist Trainee to apply.

AST in emergency medicine, paediatrics and Indigenous health is coordinated via Queensland Health's Resident Medical Officer Campaign. Applications for these disciplines open in June for commencement the following year.

We encourage you to discuss your interest in applying for AST with department Directors, your Regional Training Organisation and the QRGP. We're here to support you and help you navigate the path to your career goals.

Important preferencing information

Applications for advanced skills training positions through either the Queensland Rural Generalist Pathway’s centralised process or through the Resident Medical Officer Campaign require you to submit your preference for training locations. Recent changes in Australian General Practice Training policy have led to stronger restrictions in a registrar’s freedom of movement between training regions (Generalist Medical Training region or General Practice Training Queensland region).

We recommend preferencing locations within your training region. It is acknowledged by the Pathway that through the centralised process, there is a possibility of allocation outside your training region irrespective of preferencing.

If you have compelling reasons for completing advanced skills training outside of your allocated training region then it is important that you involve the Queensland Rural Generalist Pathway team as soon as possible, and ideally prior to submission of your application.

If you are ultimately offered a position outside of your Regional Training Organisation’s region, either through preference or allocation, your preferencing may be shared with the Regional Training Organisation to assist with discussions regarding transfer for your training. The Pathway team will assist you through this process to provide the best chance of successful transfer.

QHRSS Holders

Queensland Health Rural Scholarship Scheme (QHRSS) holders should be aware that, unless AST is undertaken in a rural location approved for service period, it does not count as return of service. A Contract Variation Request Form will need to be completed upon notification of successful application.

Applicants external to the Pathway

If you are not a Generalist Pathway trainee and you would like to express interest in undertaking AST, email us.

Information regarding the 2018 recruitment round is outlined below.

For any queries, clarification or additional information, please contact our team.

Last updated: 12 May 2017