Rural Generalist Program (RGP)

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

2019 Next Intake - Applications Close 28th January 2019

Are you a more experienced rural generalist trainee or rural health professional? The Graduate Diploma of Rural Generalist Practice may be of interest to you.

Rural Generalist Program (Pathway) Structure

Complete 12 modules in total from the following two domains.

Please read the module descriptions below as some modules require access to particular consumer populations, clinical supervisors and other requisites.

Rural Service Delivery Domain

Complete 5 core modules + Capstone module MO1007

*Particpants need to select one from this group
**Participants must complete MO1001 Project Management Skills 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] Project Evaluation and Translating Outcomes**

Rural Generalist Practice Domain

Complete 6 core modules from a minimum of 3 focus areas 

Focus areas with core modules

Ages and stages across the lifespan

» [MO1008] Child  Development

» [MO1009] Older Persons Health

» [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

» [MO1024] Advanced and Extended Scope Exposure

» [MO1025] Education and Training

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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, Admission Dates & Scholarship Information


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 2018 Calendar.



  • February - applications close 28 January 2019
  • June - applications close 3 June 2019
  • September - applications close 26 August 2019


If you’re an allied health professional undertaking the Rural Generalist Program, Health Workforce Queensland’s Scholarship Program may be able to provide financial assistance for you to undertake this post-graduate study.  The Scholarship Program aims to improve the skills and expand the scope of practice for remote, rural and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander allied health professionals.

Scholarships will be provided to allied health professionals in remote and rural Queensland communities where up-skilling will be a direct benefit to the community and address the community’s health workforce needs. The Scholarship Program is available to allied health professionals, not solely employed by the Queensland Government, who are providing services to MMM 3-7 locations in Queensland.

For the full eligibility criteria, more information and to apply, visit the Health Workforce Queensland website.

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