Support, advocacy, and advice

Doctor with junior doctors

Training in rural and remote general practice can be challenging both professionally and personally.  Whatever stage of training you're at, and where ever you are based, there are a range of people and resources available to support you both within and outside the College.  We encourage you to make use of these resources whenever needed. 

Our College staff will be available to provide support and help navigate options and answer your questions at all times - just ask.

During your training you will be supported by the staff and supervisors in your teaching post and:

  • On the Independent Pathway, you will be also be supported by our College training officers and medical educators
  • On the AGPT, you will also be supported by your Regional Training Organisation , and
  • On the RVTS, you will also be supported by the RVTS staff

Registrar committee

The Registrar Committee provides ACRRM registrars with direct representation on all College committees including the ACRRM Board and Council . The Committee also represents registrars’ perspectives at national forums.

If you are interested in nominating for the Registrar Committee please read the Terms of Reference.

If you have concerns you would like raised through the Committee – please email: registrarchair@acrrm.org.au or private message via the registrars Facebook group.

ACRRM Registrar Committee Primary Curriculum Assessment Guide

This handbook provides useful information on the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine's (ACRRM) primary curriculum Assessment for ACRRM Registrars. It has been compiled for ACRRM Registrars, by ACRRM Registrars -it is not an official document of the College.

The handbook simplifies the assessments requirements, costs, and expectations, in an attempt to make a Fellowship of ACRRM (FACRRM) seem less daunting. It outlines each of the ACRRM Primary Curriculum summative assessments.

Download the ACRRM Registrar Committee Primary Curriculum Assessment Guide.

Registrars Facebook Group

All ACRRM Registrars are invited to join this group to enable them to engage, network, and keep up with events.

Mentoring and Leadership Program

The ACRRM Mentoring and Leadership Program is open to all College registrars.

The program provides an opportunity for our more senior members to inspire and nurture their junior colleagues toward becoming exemplary rural doctors.  The mentor’s role will be to provide pastoral rather than academic support.  Mentees will have the opportunity to regularly discuss their professional issues and career plans with an experienced Fellow of the College.  See further program details here.

If you are interested in taking part in the program please contact the Member Services team via membership@acrrm.org.au or 1800 223 226.

Zero tolerance of bullying, discrimination, and sexual harassment

The College takes a zero tolerance approach to bullying, discrimination, sexual harassment and any other inappropriate behaviours in training and practice.  If you have concerns about these in your training workplace you are encouraged to seek advice and assistance. 

More information is available on resolving workplace problems in the Fellowship Handbook.

General information on appropriate behaviours in training is available in the General Practice Supervisor Association resource Bullying and Harassment: Pursuing Zero Tolerance in General Practice.

Complaints

The College welcomes all feedback be it compliments, comments or complaints. 

All complaints received will be managed in accordance with professional standards and the issues raised will contribute to our continued program improvements.

If you would like to register a complaint with the College the ACRRM complaints policy  will apply.  All training organisations have their own complaints policies. 

External Resources

Doctors Health Advisory Services: The DHAS’s operate a telephone helpline and are available to provide confidential personal advice to practitioners facing difficulties in all states and territories.

ACT  - 02 9437 6552 (for immediate help)

New South Wales - 02 9437 6552 (for immediate help)

Northern Territory - 08 8366 0250 (for immediate help)

Queensland - 07 3833 4352 (for immediate help)

South Australia - 08 8366 0250 (for immediate help)

Tasmania - 03 9495 6011 (for immediate help)

Victoria - 03 9495 6011 (for immediate help)

Western Australia - 08 9321 3098 (for immediate help)

CRANAPlus Bush Crisis Line: This phone counselling service offers support and assistance provided by a trained psychologist available 24/7.  The service is available to all remote and rural health workers including registrars and their families that maybe in distress everyday of the year at 1800 805 391 

Beyond Blue: Beyond blue provides free, confidential, 24/7 counselling services for people experiencing mental stress or illness at 1300 22 4636.

General Practice Registrars Association: This group is funded by the federal government to provide advocacy services for general practice registrars.