Our mission

Promote excellence in the delivery of quality emergency care to the community through our committed and expert members.


The College's role is to:

  • Deliver specialist Emergency Medicine education and training for full Fellowship as well as a Certificate and Diploma in Emergency Medicine, including all relevant assessments.
  • Maintain professional standards in training, including accreditation of Emergency Departments for Emergency Medicine Training.
  • Advance professional standards in emergency medicine.
  • Advocacy, including providing expert guidance and advice on policy to relevant bodies on matters relating to Emergency Medicine.
  • Improve emergency medical education in rural and regional areas.
  • Engaging in proactive discussions with jurisdictions and agencies in regard to complex matters such as workforce, as well as widening the membership of its entities to ensure that the necessary breadth of stakeholder input is available to enable informed decision-making.

Emergency Medicine

Members and trainees

We are a member-based, not-for-profit organisation with nearly 2,500 members throughout Australia and New Zealand. The College's membership comprises of:

  • Fellows of the Australasian College for Emergency Medicine (FACEMs)
  • Certificants and Diplomates of Emergency Medicine
  • Specialist International Medical Graduates
  • Honorary Fellows
  • Retired Fellows

We have over 2,500 trainees in our Specialist Emergency Medicine Training Program across Australia and New Zealand. Trained by FACEMs, trainees undertake their training in Emergency Departments accredited by the College.

Strategic Plan

The work of the College is guided by a Strategic Plan 2015-2018, with six strategic priorities:

1. Education

Facilitate and support the education, training and continuing professional development of emergency medicine professionals.

2. Member Support

Represent, support and protect the interests of Members in their professional life.

3. Advocacy

Lead the policy debate as the trusted, authoritative source of advice and research.

4. Standards

Set, monitor and maintain standards for the provision of quality emergency medical care in Australia and New Zealand.

5. Awareness

Promote emergency medicine as a specialised practice, body of knowledge and career.

6. College Operations

Ensure ACEM is a sustainable organisation.

ACEM Strategic Plan 2019 – 2021: The Next Phase

At its meeting held 13 August 2018, the ACEM Board approved a draft 2019 – 2021 Strategic Plan and is currently inviting feedback and comment on the draft document.

The ACEM Strategic Plan 2019 – 2021: The Next Phase will guide the College in a distinctly identifiable period of development for the organisation, building on its history and outlining the priorities for the College to ensure it remains relevant in a contemporary and complex operating environment. The Plan is a combination of the essential work the College must do and includes what has been clearly indicated by key stakeholders, as well as continuing the work we are already doing in priority areas.

Any feedback members, trainees and external stakeholders may have in relation to the draft document should be submitted to [email protected]. Consultation closes on Friday, 21 September 2018.

Commitment to Reconciliation and improving outcomes for Māori

The College's vision for reconciliation addresses the inequities in health outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. 

The College is progressing a strategy to achieve equity for Māori in Aotearoa New Zealand.