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

In 2021, ACEM – in collaboration with the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists, College of Intensive Care Medicine, the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine, and the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners – 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) will launch at the commencement of the 2021 medical year and will provide doctors with backgrounds in emergency, critical care and intensive care medicine the opportunity to obtain a formally recognised qualification in the practice of PHRM. This includes rural generalists who provide PHRM services in rural and regional parts of Australasia.

The DipPHRM will entail:

  • Six months FTE training at a site accredited for DipPHRM training.
  • Satisfactory completion of formal Workplace-Based Assessments and examinations.
  • Other requirements as prescribed by the CCPHRM.

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

The 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 PHRM coordination and clinical governance. Details of the Advanced Diploma program will be released in 2021.

Frequently Asked Questions 

  • When will the programs launch?
  • Am I eligible to commence the DipPHRM Training Program?
  • 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 DipPHRM?
  • Where can I find PHRM jobs?
  • Background


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  • Tim Parke talks about pre-hospital and retrieval medicine