The Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine is the first medical college in the world dedicated to rural and remote practice. It holds Australian Medical Council (AMC) accreditation which confirms its status as one of the nation’s specialist medical colleges.
AMC accreditation validates the quality and integrity of the College’s educational programs and enables them to be formally recognised for governance purposes. In particular, this assures the Fellowship of ACRRM and currency in its Professional Development Program as recognised qualifications for vocational registration and Medical Benefits Schedule (MBS) purposes.
The College was initially accredited by the AMC in 2007 and attained full accreditation status in 2012 at which point the College was able to become a member of Australia’s Committee of Professional Medical Colleges. AMC accreditation is a continuous process and the College undertook another extensive assessment over 2014 again receiving full accreditation in 2015.
The College maintains its accreditation status in the AMC recognised specialty of general practice. This ensures that Fellows are able to practice in a general practice capacity anywhere in Australia. ACRRM Fellows are however required to train to a broader and more advanced scope of practice which the College maintains, enables them to provide the best possible care for people living in rural and remote communities.
The Fellowship of ACRRM is now widely recognised in the international community of colleges and medical bodies. Formal reciprocal recognition arrangements are in place or under negotiation with general practice colleges (or their equivalents) in Asia, Europe, North America, and Africa as well as in New Zealand and Papua New Guinea.