About rural and remote medicine

Rural and remote medicine describes general practice at its full scope. It refers to the professional values, skills and competencies necessary for providing high quality, safe and appropriate care to a rural or remote community.

In situations where patients do not have easy access to a full suite of specialist services and resources the medical practitioner has a heightened level of responsibility to meet community needs. Rural and Remote Medicine encompasses the best models of care for these contexts.

It is typically delivered through private community-based practices and hospitals but also on roadsides, in remote clinics, prisons, Aboriginal Medical Services, military front lines or via telephone or digital health systems.

ACRRM provides Fellowship training, professional development and standards appropriate for rural and remote medicine.

  • Fellowship of ACRRM (FACRRM) qualifies you to work as a General Practitioner anywhere in Australia including to take on the special role of the Rural Generalist.

    The Rural Generalist is an important internationally recognised role in full scope general practice, (rural and remote medicine). If you chose to become a Rural Generalist you will require highly developed clinical judgement and extended skill sets which allow you to safely care for patients across a range of work settings. You will require a core set of skills to enable both community and hospital-based care, and specialised areas of care. These should be responsive to your community’s needs with recognition of the skill set of your local colleagues. For example, you may choose the advanced skills of obstetrics or mental health, and/or admitting and caring for adults and children in hospital (secondary) care settings.

    ACRRM Fellowship provides a community guarantee that you have these skills and aptitudes to meet local service needs either individually or through coordinating healthcare teamwork. This is especially important to people in situations of relative isolation including in rural, remote and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities

  • ACRRM curricula and professional standards outline the clinical scope, practices and values that characterise rural and remote medicine, the full scope of general practice.

  • The College Position Paper provides further information on rural and remote medicine in the context of international literature.