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Historically there has been no specific, recognised training pathway or qualification for doctors working in pre-hospital and retrieval medicine (PHRM) in Australia or New Zealand.

In 2021, ACEM – in collaboration with the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists (ANZCA), College of Intensive Care Medicine (CICM), the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACCRM), and the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners  (RACGP) – will launch a diploma program intended to change that.

Administered by the Conjoint Committee of Pre-Hospital and Retrieval Medicine (CCPHRM), the Diploma of Pre-Hospital and Retrieval Medicine (DipPHRM) Training Program is a structured, postgraduate program that leads to the Diploma in PHRM. The DipPHRM is aimed at appropriately experienced doctors who wish to work within PHRM services and actively participate in missions.

The DipPHRM Training Program requires satisfactory completion of a minimum of a six-month 1.0FTE placement within a CCPHRM-accredited PHRM site. In addition to the placement, the DipPHRM includes formal structured assessments and examinations throughout the course of the training and other requirements prescribed by CCPHRM.

To be awarded the DipPHRM trainees must satisfactorily complete the following.

  • A minimum six-month 1.0FTE placement at a site accredited by the CCPHRM for DipPHRM training.
  • Formal Workplace-Based Assessments and examinations
    • Training Supervisor Reports (TSR) every 3 calendar months
    • 4 Multi-source Feedback (MSF)
    • 2 Mission Assessments (MA)
    • 4 Direct Observation of Technical Skills (DOTS)
    • 3 Direct Observation of Procedural Skills (DOPS)
    • 3 Case-based Discussion (CbD)
    • Task Logbook
    • Written Examination
    • Practical Examination
  • Other requirements as prescribed by CCPHRM.

Successful completion of the training program awards the DipPHRM post-nominal. The DipPHRM is a re-certifiable qualification – holders of the DipPHRM will be  required to complete minimum continuing professional development requirements in order to continue to use the post-nominals.

Frequently asked questions are listed below. If you have any additional questions about the program, please contact the PHRM Coordinator ([email protected]).

The CCPHRM is also working on the development of an Advanced Diploma Training Program, which will build upon the skills and knowledge of the DipPHRM and is designed for suitably experienced critical care clinicians seeking roles in PHRM coordination and clinical governance.

Frequently Asked Questions 

  • When will the DipPHRM Training Program launch?
  • Eligibility and how to apply?
  • DipPHRM Curriculum
  • Regulations and Training Handbook
  • How long does it take to complete?
  • Where can I complete the program?
  • Can I complete the program part time?
  • How much does the DipPHRM Training Program cost?
  • What if I want to gain experience in PHRM but do not want to complete the DipPHRM?
  • Where can I find PHRM jobs?
  • Recognition of Prior Learning and Experience


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