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Leadership for Clinicians Training Program:
Associate Fellow (AFRACMA)
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Associate Fellow (AFRACMA)

Applications for the mid-year intake commencing in July 2017 will close COB Friday 1 July 2017
RACMA Program Coordinator: Kate Wright
Ph: +61 3 9824 4699
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Download the brochure July2017 commencement download pdf file

Medical Practitioners with an interest or involvement in clinical leadership and management are invited to apply for Associate Fellowship with RACMA.

The following prerequisites apply:
  • A medical degree from a recognized Australian or New Zealand university, or equivalent.
  • Current general or specialist medical registration in Australia or New Zealand.
  • Clinical (direct patient care) experience of at least three years full time equivalent in an Australasian health system, or one that is comparable.
  • An interest in medical management and/or currently leading clinical departments in health organisations
The Training Program will cover the following themes: 
  • Medical leadership  in the healthcare context
  • What makes a successful medical leader
  • Practical clinical governance
  • Medico-legal issues
  • Medical staff management and engagement
  • Strategic planning and managing change
  • Understanding finance and budget in managing health service
Training Program

The training program is comprised of three medical management and leadership modules to be completed over a twelve month period.

The modules incorporate best practice and take on board the expertise of leaders in the medical fields; consequent workshops will be delivered by a variety of State and national speakers, expert medical educators and RACMA Fellows.

The workshops, webinars and learning sets are designed to give medical practitioners fundamental knowledge and practical skills in medical management and leadership. These are the essentials that can effectively be incorporated into current working practice. Sessions are aimed at enabling individuals to enhance their performance and build working confidence and competence in a safe and confidential setting.

The themes included are aimed at supporting the development of skills in the most challenging areas of medical management and leadership.

The five themes are:
  1. Understanding our healthcare system
  2. Clinical governance and medico-legal
  3. Medical workforce management and engagement
  4. Financial governance
  5. Strategic planning
All themes are explored in the context of medical leadership.

The five themes will be delivered through three modules. The structure of each of the modules will be as follows:
  1. Two Interact webinars
  2. A face to face workshop
  3. Learning set
Assessment is undertaken through participation in all activities. Upon completion of each module, participants will complete an online quiz.

For information on the program please contact the national office on +61 3 9824 4699 or at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Special course features:

Learn from experienced Medical Administrators (Fellows), state and national speakers and experts. As the program is delivered in modules it is possible to defer a module to the following enrolment period in 2018. Please contact Kathy to discuss.

All workshops are delivered as residentials in Melbourne. All costs are incorporated in the module fee (excluding airfares and travel costs).

Satisfactory completion of the training program requirements will make you eligible to apply for Associate Fellowship of the College.

Applications for 12 months credit entry to the RACMA Fellowship Training Program for Medical Administrators will be considered following satisfactory completion of this training program.

Benefits of Associate Fellowship include:
  • Letters of good standing to support credentialing processes
  • Access to informative webinars about health services issues
  • Access to the College   podcasts, quizzes, templates, literature and reading lists
  • A program of learning sets for AFRACMA and Fellows. There will be a small fee for these sets and the program will include a face to face meeting for the Set members during the year
  • Participation in College-wide consultations, and committees
  • Publish in the RACMA journal The Quarterly
  • Receive regular e-newsletters from the RACMA Board and the National Office
  • Access employment/career opportunity notices
  • Receive early bird discounts to the RACMA Annual Conference
  • Access to RACMA CPD programs designed specifically for medical managers and leaders

Associate Fellowship Referee Reports

All graduates of the Leadership for Clinicians training program may apply for conferment to Associate Fellowship. At the time of application for this membership, applicants must forward 2 RACMA Referee Reports from 2 different referees (current or past line-managers or supervisors) who must then submit their reports directly to the College at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Reports submitted with applications will not be accepted.

Referee Report download doc file

The award of AFRACMA is not a recognized specialist qualification and does not permit the holder of AFRACMA to register as a specialist in Australia or New Zealand. Doctors who complete the AFRACMA Training Program will still be required to satisfy all the standard prerequisites for entry to RACMA Candidacy should they decide at a later stage to pursue the full training pathway to specialist recognition as a RACMA Fellow in medical administration (FRACMA).

An outline of the Associate Fellowship fees is here. All College fees are subject to annual review by the Board on the advice of the Finance and Audit Committee.

Application fees are non-refundable.

Application for Leadership for Clincians Training Program July2017 commencement download doc file

For information on the program please contact Program Coordinator: Kate Wright on +61 3 9824 4699 or at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Leadership for Clinicians Partnerships

Subsidised professional development for medical practitioners in rural and regional Victoria

The Rural Workforce Agency Victoria (RWAV) has allocated some funding through the Medical Professional Development Subsidy to support rural and regional Victorian participants in the Leadership for Clinicians training program. Read more.

Queensland Rural Generalist Leader Program

In collaboration with the QRGP, RACMA is developing a customised Leadership for Clinicians Training Program contextualised to the needs of the rural medical workforce in Queensland. Read more.

Last Updated on Friday, 26 May 2017 08:56