ACEM provides support and connects you with external services who can help trainees with:

  • Alcohol misuse
  • Bullying, discrimination and harassment
  • Burnout
  • Clinical incident stress
  • Clinical performance issues
  • Concerns for a colleague
  • Exam-related issues
  • Financial issues
  • Infectious disease and biohazard exposure concerns
  • Issues with Workplace-Based Assessments (WBAs) or FACEM Training Program requirements
  • Issues with your supervisor or colleagues
  • Mental health issues
  • Personal or family issues.

Every state and territory has an ACEM Trainee Representative to provide support and guidance to trainees. To find your local Trainee Representative, visit the Member Portal.

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Australia: 13 11 14
New Zealand: 0800 543 354

beyondblue - 1300 224 636
Suicide Call Back Service - 1300 659 467

New Zealand:
Samaritans - 0800 726666

ACEM Resources

Best of Web EM

Best of Web EM is an ACEM resource hub, linking you with peer-reviewed resources including those relating to doctor health and wellbeing .

There is an Australian website and service dedicated to helping junior doctors make their way in the profession. Check out

Clinical performance issues

If you are experiencing clinical performance issues, contact your Director of Emergency Medicine Training (DEMT) or Director of Emergency Medicine (DEM) in the first instance. If you feel uncomfortable in doing this or if an issue remains unresolved, you can contact the ACEM Trainee Advocate who can provide advice and help you take any further steps if necessary:

Trainee Advocate
t +61 3 9320 0444
e [email protected]

You can also contact your Local Trainee Representative. For details, visit the Member Portal for details.

Exam-related issues

If you are concerned about an upcoming exam and require guidance, contact your DEMT or FACEM mentor. For more information on mentoring, visit the ACEM Mentoring Resources

For general exam advice, please contact the ACEM assessments team or visit the Examinations page.

Issues with Workplace-Based Assessments (WBAs) and FACEM Training Program requirements

If you are concerned about meeting your training and assessment requirements and require guidance, contact your DEMT. There are several options to help address your circumstances and meet the necessary training and assessment requirements.

Interruption of Training

You may interrupt your training for a maximum period of two years accumulated over the course of your training program. More time may be granted for parental leave or exceptional circumstances at the discretion of the College. For more information, view the Exceptional Circumstances & Special Consideration Policy.

Special Consideration

Trainees undergoing formal assessment may apply for special consideration for circumstances that adversely affect their performance. For more information, view the Exceptional Circumstances & Special Consideration Policy.

Working part-time

Some of your training may be completed on a part-time basis, provided that at least 50 per cent of the full-time commitment is completed and the placement meets accreditation requirements in all other respects.

Take leave

Your allowable annual leave, study leave, and sick leave is calculated in relation to your training time:

  • Up to 5 weeks in every 13 week In-Training Assessment period (40% ITA period)
  • Up to 10 weeks in a 12 month period (19% annually).

For more information regarding your WBA and FACEM Training Program requirements, contact the ACEM Training Team.

Issues with your supervisor or colleagues

The ACEM Training Team is available to assist you with any concerns or issues you have with your workplace supervisor or colleagues.

We also encourage trainees to speak with the human resources department in their workplace to discuss these types of concerns.


After resolving the conflict, you are encouraged to engage with your Local Mentoring Program. It is compulsory for all ACEM-accredited EDs to have a mentoring program in place. Trainees are encouraged to develop a mentoring relationship with a trusted colleague.

For more information, contact your local Mentoring Program Coordinator.

External resources

  • Alcohol misuse
  • Bullying, discrimination or harassment
  • Burnout
  • Clinical incident stress
  • Concerns for a colleague
  • Fatigue
  • Infectious disease and biohazard exposure concerns
  • Mental health issues


ACEM offers a program of remedial management for a member who is identified as performing poorly in their role as an emergency medicine practitioner.