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Rural Medical Generalist Pathways in the Northern Territory

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What is a Rural Medical Generalist?

A Rural Medical Generalist is defined as a rural medical practitioner who is credentialled to practice in

  • hospital and/or community-based primary medical practice; and
  • hospital-based secondary medical practice, without supervision by a medical specialist in at least one specialist medical discipline (commonly but not limited to obstetrics, anesthetics and surgery within credentialled scope of practice); and
  • hospital and/or community-based public health practice

Rural Medical Generalists in the NT

Rural Medical Generalists have existed in the Northern Territory for some time.

A more structured training pathway and approach has now been developed for those wanting to steer their career into rural and remote communities. 

The Department is committed to developing suitably qualified staff to meet population health demands outside of major urban centres and in remote communities. With this in mind, rural medical generalists are a vital link in keeping our rural and remote Territory hospitals and health centres vibrant and sustainable.

What's in it for me?

  • Opportunity to develop portable, well rounded skills, experience and knowledge
  • Guaranteed training places
  • Highly valued skills especially if you want to work in rural, remote medicine
  • Priority rotations and placements to update your skills
  • Structured mentoring, supervision and support
  • Opportunity to work in remote communities
  • Recognition of additional skills in salary package
  • Interesting career path with breadth and depth of skills working with families and able to provide more advanced services.

Why the Northern Territory?

The fascinating medicine and rich learning environment will provide you with experiences you cannot receive elsewhere in Australia. You will receive the best training in the country for rural and remote Aboriginal Health, and at the end you will have qualifications that are well recognised and that you can be proud of.

  • Learn how to actually make a difference in Aboriginal Health
  • Exposure to tropical medicine
  • Ability to work in a collaborative relationship with Indigenous people in the NT community
  • Excellent environment for training those with an interest in rural/remote, emergency, military and international health challenges.

Career Pathways 

Rural Generalist Medicine is increasingly recognised as a unique and special discipline across Australia. You can develop your career and acquire skills that will allow you to be highly portable around the world.

In addition, DoH is supportive of mobility options to help you fulfil your personal and professional goals. 

Rural Medical Generalist Career Pathway diagram 

Advanced Skills 

In the Northern Territory Advanced Skills Training is available at Royal Darwin Hospital and Alice Springs Hospital in Anaesthetics, Obstetrics and Emergency Medicine

Gove District Hospital has accreditation for Small Town Rural General Practice and Katherine is accredited for DRANZCOG basic.

Advanced Skills Training places in Internal Medicine, Surgery and Paediatrics are under development at Royal Darwin Hospital.

Rural Medical Generalist Career Progression


Application and Selection with Intern Application



Prevocational Training


JMO at RDH or ASH with

Rural PGPPP Term

The NT RMG Training Program allows flexibility for trainee to spend additional year(s) in RDH or ASH at this stage or continue on to Advanced Skills or GP Training


Advanced Skills Training*

Advanced Skills Training


General Practice Training

Vocational Training


General Practice Training


Senior Medical Officer / Rural Medical Generalist

Continuing Professional Development

* The timing for Advanced Skills and Vocational Training can be negotiated to suit the trainee in consultation with the Registered Training Provider and depending on the availability of placement opportunities