Historically there has been no specific, recognised training path or qualification for doctors working in PHRM.

In 2020, ACEM – in collaboration with the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists, College of Intensive Care Medicine, and Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine – will launch a diploma program intended to change that.
The diploma program will provide doctors with backgrounds in emergency, critical care and intensive care medicine the opportunity to obtain formally recognised qualifications in the practice of PHRM, including rural generalists who provide PHRM services in rural and regional parts of Australasia.

The six-month program will entail:

  • Training at a site accredited for DipPHRM training.
  • Satisfactory completion of formal assessments and examinations.
  • Other requirements as prescribed by the Conjoint Committee of PHRM (CCPHRM).

CCPHRM is also working on the development of an Advanced Diploma program, which will build upon the skills and knowledge of the Diploma program and be suited to those seeking roles in clinical coordination. Details of the Advanced Diploma program will be released in 2020.

Frequently asked questions are below. If you have any additional questions about the program you can contact the PHRM Coordinator at [email protected].

Frequently Asked Questions 

  • When will the programs launch?
  • Am I eligible?
  • How long does it take to complete?
  • Where can I complete the program?
  • Can I complete the program part time?
  • How long do I have to complete the program?
  • What if I want to gain experience in PHRM but do not want to complete the programs?
  • Where can I find PHRM jobs?
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