General Practice Teaching at ANU Medical School

GP training student, with patient, general practice

The Australian National University and ACT Health Directorate jointly fund the Academic Unit of General Practice.

Ensuring medical students have quality training experiences in General Practice is crucial to medical students in their journey to becoming a doctor. General practitioners are at the centre of the healthcare system. Australians see their GP more than any other health professional, with nine out of 10 people seeing their GP at least once a year.

In year 3 of the postgraduate 4 year program, students are rotated into 6-week urban GP placements in Canberra and 6-week rural placements in the surrounding South East NSW region. During their urban GP placement students spend 3 days a week for 6 weeks being part of the GP clinic they are allocated to, learning generalist medicine and person centred practice. Many of our alumni have returned a few years later inspired to train as a GP registrar at the same practice.

The Academic Unit of General Practice supports teaching GPs across our teaching practices in Canberra and Queanbeyan. We offer workshops, seminars and practice visits to support our GP teachers in their teaching role. GP teachers can also apply for Clinical academic title and contribute to the more formalised parts of our GP teaching program. GP supervisors can claim (PIP) Practice Incentive Payments and the ACT Health Teaching payments, (EISGP) Education Infrastructure Support Grant Payment, through the Academic Unit of General Practice.

For more information about becoming a GP teaching practice or supervising our students please click on the links on the right hand side of the page. The Desktop GP Supervisor Guide details the requirements around learning and expectations of supervisors while the Urban GP Placement Information covers administrative issues and payments.

To talk with one of our academic staff or administrative staff please call us on 61251244947 or email us at

If you are a rural General Practice then please contact the Rural Clinical School at