The Specialist Pathway leads to Specialist registration in the specialty of general practice with the Medical Board of Australia and Fellowship of ACRRM (FACRRM). FACRRMs have access to specialist rates of remuneration under Medicare, which is the Australian
national health insurance scheme.
Doctors who have ACRRM-recognised overseas specialist qualifications in general practice or family medicine, may apply for assessment by ACRRM on the Specialist Pathway. This includes Canadian or New Zealand GP specialists under Ad eundem gradum arrangements.
To be eligible to apply for assessment on the Specialist Pathway, applicants must hold a specialist qualification on ACRRM's Codified List.
ACRRM’s specialist pathway assesses if the training and experience of an SIMG is comparable to that of a Fellow of ACRRM. A Fellow of ACRRM (FACRRM) is a medical specialist who has been assessed as meeting the requisite standards for providing high-quality
rural generalist medical practice.
This involves being able to:
provide and adapt expert primary, secondary, emergency and specialised medical care to community needs
provide safe, effective medical care while working in geographic and professional isolation
work in partnership with Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander peoples and other culturally diverse groups and
apply a population approach to community needs.
SIMG’s comparability is assessed against the competencies in the eight domains of rural and remote practice as described in the Rural Generalist Curriculum
Provide expert medical care in all rural contexts
Provide primary care
Provide secondary medical care
Respond to medical emergencies
Apply a population health approach
Work with Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander, and other culturally diverse communities toimprove health and wellbeing
Practise medicine within an ethical, intellectual and professional framework
Provide safe medical care while working in geographic and professional isolation
SIMGs are deemed non comparable to a FACRRM if they cannot demonstrate:
achieving their qualification through completion of a supervised training program
partial or substantial comparability in each of the eight domains
at least three years providing clinical care away from ready access to specialist medical, diagnostic and allied health services, since achieving their specialist qualification
extended practice relevant to community needs
ongoing professional development that is comparable to Medical Board of Australia requirements.
SIMGs may also be deemed non-comparable based on the assessment of all the Rural Generalist competencies.
Doctors on the ACRRM Specialist Pathway must work in a rural health service (MM4-7 location) approved by the College to enable of rural
generalist competencies to be assessed.
Check your eligibility against ACRRM's codified list
Primary Source Verification
Commence an application through the Australian Medical Council for verification of your qualifications and obtain an EPIC number
Apply to ACRRM for assessment
Application including form is to be uploaded in your My Documents panel within My College.
Your application and supporting documents will be reviewed for completeness.
Your completed application will be assessed to determine your suitability to proceed to interview.
If you are deemed suitable, you will be invited to attend a structured interview via video-conference.
If you are assessed as partially or substantially comparable to an Australian-trained Fellow of ACRRM, you will be eligible to commence the Specialist Pathway. If you are deemed not comparable you will need to consult the Medical Board of Australia for other registration options.