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.

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. Recognising that Hospital Emergency Departments are often the first point of contact for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders.

The College is progressing work to improve outcomes for Māori in Aotearoa New Zealand.