Rural Generalist Program (RGP)

This important professional development program is presented by JCU's internationally-recognised Division of Tropical Health and Medicine. The program has been developed in collaboration with the Queensland University of Technology and the Department of Health, Queensland. This is practical, work-integrated development for early career professionals designed to meet the needs of rural and remote health services.

This program is for you if you are working in a rural or remote health setting:

  • Occupational Therapist
  • Pharmacist
  • Radiographer
  • Nutritionist/Dietitian
  • Podiatrist
  • Physiotherapist
  • Speech Pathologist

The Benefits

For Rural Health Managers

  • Targeted professional development that enhances practice effectiveness and service outcomes
  • Participants will contribute to service development and quality improvement activities in the workplace as part of their training
  • Improves your ability to meet rural health needs
  • Helps you attract and retain staff
  • Meets your workforce development goals

For Rural Health Professionals

  • Learn the skills to develop your rural generalist service
  • Enhance your job satisfaction
  • Upskill and extend your rural generalist knowledge and capabilities
  • Increase your career options
  • Work integrated development - practical on-the-job projects
  • Online modules

2018 First Intake - Applications Close 29 January 2018

Rural Generalist Program (Pathway) Structure

Complete 12 modules in total from the following two domains

Rural Service Delivery Domain

Complete 5 core modules + Capstone module MO1007

*Particpants need to select one from this group
**Participants must complete 5 service delivery modules before enrolling in MO1007

Core modules

» [MO1001] Project Management Skills

» [MO1002] Rural and Remote Community Context*

» [MO1003] Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Context*

» [MO1004] Rural and Remote Organisational Context

» [MO1005] Strategies for Rural and Remote Service Delivery

» [MO1006] Quality Improvement


» [MO1007] Capstone – service delivery**

Rural Generalist Practice Domain

Complete 5 core modules fom a minimum of 3 focus areas + Capstone module MO1026

*Participants must complete 5 generalist practice modules before enrolling in MO1026

Focus areas with core modules

Ages and stages across the lifespan

» [MO1008] Child Health and Development

» [MO1009] Aged Care

» [MO1028] Child Health Conditions

Managing health conditions

» [MO1010] Diabetes and its' Sequelae

» [MO1011] Respiratory and Cardiovascular Conditions

» [MO0012] Neurological Conditions

» [MO1013] Musculoskelatal Conditions

» [MO1014] Community-based Cancer Care

» [MO1015] Psycho-social Well-being

Clinical skills

» [MO1016] Image Interpretation

» [MO1017] Quality Use of Medicines

» [MO1018] Care for High Risk Feet

» [MO1019] Oedema and Lymphoedema

» [MO1020] Orthoses for the Upper Limbs

» [MO0021] Food and Health

» [MO1027] Remote Medical Imaging

» [MO1029] Food Services

Service-specific clinical skills

» [MO1022] Skill-sharing 1

» [MO1023] Skill-sharing 2

» [MO1024] Advanced and Extended Scope Exposure

Education and training

» [MO1025] Education and Training


» [MO1026] Capstone - Generalist Practice

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Additional information

Admission Requirements

Completion of at least an AQF level 7 bachelor degree in a relevant health discipline.

Commitment of your employer including a work based supervisor in accordance with JCU Rural Generalist Program Employer Support Requirements

How to Apply

1. Select Apply now link on this webpage.

  • Complete all the questions
  • Attach academic transcript
  • Attach completed RGP Authority Form
  • You may save your application to return to at any time
  • Click “submit” to lodge your application

2. Succesful applicants will receive an Offer Letter. The first step is to accept your offer and then activate your JCU logins, password and email account.

3. A JCU staff member will then contact you to discuss which module/s you would like to enrol in.

Are you interested in only completing 1 module, rather than the full program?

Our modules are also available for you to choose to complete an individual module instead of the full program. Please contact the RGP Program Coordinator to discuss registration.


Support Requirements

Local work integrated learning support

An experienced health professional of the same profession as the participant will be co-located or highly accessible (onsite and available >50% work hours). The health professional should have or be developing skills in training and education. The role is anticipated to require 60-90 mins per week of learning-focussed engagement with the participant including:

  • advising on module selection to match the development plan to organisational requirements.
  • guiding contextualisation of learning activities to the local context e.g. identifying relevant organisational policy documents or clinical pathways of relevance to module topics.
  • reviewing and providing supportive feedback to the participant on specific  learning activities.
  • demonstration or supervised practice of clinical or professional skills that are in development.
  • support to identify and access local or organisational training resources that may assist general development goals or work on modules e.g. local inservice program, online training available to employees, method of accessing organisation library resources.

Allocated work time

  • The Rural Generalist Program is a work integrated learning program. Some activities will require access to resources and systems, discussions or meetings with colleagues, and other activities will need to be done in work time. Modules involve 22 hours of time commitment (3-4 hours per week) and are 6 weeks in duration. The majority of study time will need to be undertaken in the workplace. Access to a computer, organisation intranet (where relevant) and Internet in the work unit will also be assumed.

Fees and Admission Dates


Rural Generalist Program 12 modules in total - $7800 (excluding GST)

Individual Modules  -  $650 (excluding GST) per module

Multiple payment options are available. Participants are required to complete the RGP Authority Form to indicate payment method and attach the completed form to their application when applying through the JCU online application portal. Fees paid by credit card are due as per the Payment Due Date in the 2017 Calendar.



  • February - applications close 29 January 2018
  • June - applications close 4 June 2018
  • September - applications close 27 August 2018

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