Curriculum and requirements

When it comes to rural and remote practice, our curriculum is recognised as one of the best in the world. In 2013, it was endorsed at the World Summit of Rural Generalist Medicine as a key resource for rural generalist training in locations across the globe. In fact, the diversity of skills and knowledge delivered as part of the Primary Curriculum and the College’s Professional Development Program has given shape to the concept of ‘rural generalist medicine’ or ‘rural generalism’.

Our Primary Curriculum is the seminal curriculum for preparing doctors to work independently and safely in a wide range of rural and remote contexts anywhere in Australia; from country towns to resort islands or metropolitan areas to remote desert communities. We like to think that with a FACRRM, you get to choose your own adventure.  And you’ll be in good company because Fellows of the College have worked for NASA, The Australian Antarctic Division, the Royal Flying Doctors Service, Medicine San Frontiers and the Australian Defence Force.

Our world-class Primary Curriculum sets the bar for what’s expected of you at Fellowship level and also offers a fundamental resource for rural registrars, supervisors and educators. It provides a clear framework to plan and deliver educational and assessment activities. The Primary Curriculum defines the abilities, knowledge and skills to be covered during Core Clinical Training and Primary Rural and Remote Training.

View the Primary curriculum online or download.

A hard copy of the primary curriculum is available for purchase. The cost including postage is $65. Please email if you wish to purchase a copy.

Curriculum templates are also provided to assist with planning education activities and learning against the curriculum.

The Junior Doctor Core Clinical Training (CCT) Curriculum describes the aspects of the ACRRM Primary Curriculum that are required to be developed early in training. CCT is the first stage of training towards ACRRM Fellowship, it aims to provide a foundation of clinical competence across the major areas of hospital-based clinical practice relevant to both rural / remote and urban medicine.

The CCT curriculum incorporates the learning objectives from the Australian Curriculum Framework for junior doctors and is helpful for all junior doctors, including those with or without general registration, who seek to obtain a broad set of generalist skills.

The Advanced Specialised Training curricula define the abilities, knowledge and skills to be covered in the College’s advanced training disciplines.