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Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM):

Discover rural generalism

Rural Generalists (RGs) are highly skilled and lead the way in rural and remote medicine.

They specialise in providing a broad scope of practice giving them the skills to make a real difference in the healthcare of rural, remote and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

They understand there are no geographic boundaries to illness, disease, emergencies, catastrophes and preventative care that people experience throughout their lives. They are committed to going above and beyond and providing human-centred healthcare.

The Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM) is the home of rural generalism.

Fellowship of ACRRM

Embarking on a career as a Rural Generalist is exciting, dynamic and stimulating, where no two days are the same.

The ACRRM Fellowship program runs over four years, with the rural context embedded from day one. Achieving Fellowship of ACRRM gives you:

• An extended scope of practice – Build a broader set of skills to confidently support rural and remote communities. Specialise in your area of interest with Advanced Specialised Training.

• Globally recognised qualification – FACRRM is your passport to practice globally in a diverse range of roles.

• The ability to choose your own adventure – Whether it is working with private practice, hospitals, Aboriginal Health Services, the Royal Flying Doctor Service, or Médecins Sans Frontières, you will see more, do more, be more.

• Advanced Specialist Training – As part of your ACRRM Fellowship training, you get the opportunity to dive deeper in your area of interest with 12 months of Advanced Specialised Training (AST). Choose one of 12 ASTs:
– Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health
– Academic Practice
– Adult Internal Medicine
– Anaesthetics
– Emergency Medicine
– Mental Health
– Obstetrics and Gynaecology
– Paediatrics
– Palliative Care
– Population Health
– Remote Medicine Surgery (two years)

Join as a student member – for FREE!

When you join the College as a student member, you are joining a national network of adventurous and visionary RGs who have one thing in common – a desire to See More, Do More and Be More. Whether you choose to work in central Victoria, on the rugged Western Australian coastline, in the tropics of North Queensland, or the farmlands of New South Wales and further afield, ACRRM supports you to be the best you can be.

As a student member, you have access to online educational modules; the College’s electronic logbook; the newly revised Mentor Match, where you can connect with a senior member of the College to provide support and advice; opportunities to volunteer and obtain free entry to the annual Rural Medicine Australia (RMA) conference; and much more.

Learn about the benefits of becoming an ACRRM Student member and join for free here:

Member story

Dr Nathan Combs is an RG working in Kununurra, WA. He has a passion for building relationships with patients and making a positive impact in peoples’ lives.

“My decision to become a Rural GP was a practical one made during my time at medical school…

“I’m not sure if I have a ‘best day’. I enjoy my work quite a lot, so every day feels like my ‘best day’. I particularly enjoy the ‘bit of this, bit of that’ in rural practice…”

Click here to read the full story.

Acknowledgement of Country