About rural and remote medicine

If you choose to be a general practitioner who cares for your patients in certain contexts - typically within rural and remote areas - there are a clear set of additional skills, competencies and professional values that are required in order for you to provide safe and appropriate care. 

At the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine we refer to this unique scope and nature of general practice as “Rural and Remote Medicine”.  

Rural and Remote Medicine is typically delivered through private community-based practice facilities and hospitals, however, it can also occur on roadsides, in remote clinics, prisons, Aboriginal Medical Services or via telephone or eHealth systems.

It’s one of the hallmarks of a rural and remote practitioner.  If you chose to become one, you will require highly developed clinical judgement and extended skill sets which allow you to safely care for patients in a variety of ways.  The knowledge you need is not typical of general practitioners in more urban settings. 

You will be required to provide certain specialised areas of care and advanced specialised training such as:

  • surgery or obstetrics, and/or
  • admitting and caring for adults and children in hospital (secondary) care settings.

The clinical scope, practices and values that characterise Rural and Remote Medicine within the medical specialty of general practice are outlined in our curricula and professional standards that we maintain.

If you manage to achieve these standards you will become recognised through the award of Fellowship of the College.  Fellows receive full vocational recognition and are able to practise in any location throughout Australia.

For more information on Rural and Remote Medicine in the context of international literature please download the College position paper.