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Rural generalist anaesthesia (RGA) training: Overview

The Rural Generalist Anaesthesia Training Program is a joint initiative of ANZCA, the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) and the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM) to deliver the education, training, and assessment of rural general practitioners and rural generalists providing anaesthesia services in rural locations.

The Rural Generalist Anaesthesia Training Program is a 12 month program leading to a diploma. It is available to rural generalist registrars and fellows seeking formal training and certification in anaesthesia.

This guide contains resources intended to support those participating in the Diploma of Rural Generalist Anaesthesia (DRGA).

What to expect from the guide

The guide has been structured into two sections.

The first section is composed of three main categories (or tabs) covering the course curriculum:

  1. RGA Roles in practice
  2. Clinical fundamentals (CFs)
  3. Specialised study units (SSUs)

Within each category you will find e-books, journals, articles, podcasts and videos, websites, as well links to other supporting guides.

The second section is comprised of three additional categories (or tabs):

  1. Assessment resources
  2. Rural & remote practice resources
  3. Other resources - websites, podcasts, videos, journals, articles

These resources are predominantly e-books and multimedia resources with some supporting websites and articles.


2023 edition, updated to address the new DRGA curriculum and structure.

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