It's taken 20 years, but the GP colleges at last agree on what rural generalism is

It's a crucial first step on a national training pathway

It has taken more than 20 years, but the RACGP and ACRRM have signed an agreement pledging to work together on a national training pathway for rural generalism.

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The deal is being hailed as a “crucial first step”, with the two colleges finally agreeing on a basic definition of what rural generalism is (see below).

Historically, the RACGP has been wary of the push for rural generalist training – particularly in Queensland – arguing that it has been more about training doctors to work in rural hospitals at the expense of providing specialist general practice care in the community.