The College expects the highest professional standards of its fellows, registrars, students and other members, as well as of its staff and the contracted professionals involved in our educational programs. It expects that these same people should also be treated according to acceptable professional standards.

Attainment of the skills and capacities commensurate with Fellowship of the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine brings with it the considerable capacity, authority and esteem to positively affect people’s health and well-being, especially for those living in rural and remote communities.  The College expects it Fellows to recognise that these attainments bring with them the responsibility to apply their skills with professionalism, courage, compassion and always in a manner consistent with the best interests of their patients and their community.

Our vision of acceptable professional standards involves at all times treating others with dignity, courtesy, respect and compassion. The College does not tolerate bullying, racism, discrimination and sexual harassment or any other unacceptable behaviours in training and practice. The College values our members’ efforts toward building personal resilience and self-efficacy to address problems that arise in a positive way.

It is the responsibility of each Fellow and member engaged in medical practice to observe the Medical Board of Australia's code Good Medical Practice: A Code of Conduct for Doctors in Australia and to be aware of their jurisdictional requirements and legal responsibilities, which may vary between states and territories.



Equity and discrimination

ACRRM acknowledges that discrimination, bullying, and harassment can have a severe and damaging impact on mental and physical health outcomes for affected individuals, their families, and communities. ACRRM strongly endorses diversity and inclusion regardless of ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, religion, and disability in all aspects of life, particularly in education, employment, medical care, sport, relationships, and marriage.



Respectful Workplaces

The College has developed an overarching framework that details its commitment to promoting and supporting Respectful Workplaces for all its members and operations.  It describes ACRRM’s position and approaches to achieving these and provides guidance on addressing Bullying, Discrimination, Harassment and Racism in the workplace.

Read our Framework Overview

Visit our committee webpage



External Standards

The College supports the following statements of standards: