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The Royal Australasian College of Medical Administrators was founded with the aim of promoting and advancing the study of health services management by medical practitioners.

The Articles of Association were adopted on 21 March 1967 and converted to a Constitution on 27 August 2002. The Founding Convocation and inauguration of the (then) Australian College of Medical Administrators was held at The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, Melbourne on 29 and 30 May, 1968. There were 279 founding Fellows.

The first office bearers of the College were:

President Dr W E E Langford
Senior Vice-President Dr C J Cummins
Vice-President Dr B Nicholson
Honorary Secretary Dr S J H Shepherd
Honorary Treasurer Dr G I H Howard
Censor-in-Chief Sir William Refshauge



On 6 August 1979, His Excellency Sir Zelman Cowan, Governor General of the Commonwealth of Australia, advised that Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II was pleased to give approval for the granting of the prefix 'Royal' to the Australian College of Medical Administrators.

The College was recognised by the National Specialist Qualification Advisory Committee in 1980 as the appropriate examining body for the new specialty of medical administration. Hence, the Fellowship is a nationally recognised specialist qualification.

In August, 1998, when links with New Zealand were formally established, the College changed its name to The Royal Australasian College of Medical Administrators. The Royal Australasian College of Medical Administrators has formed an affiliation with the Hong Kong College of Community Medicine (HKCCM).

Profound changes in health services management have occurred since that time, but the need for competent, well trained health sector managers has not diminished.

The increasing complexity of health systems and institutions necessitates specialised management for the co-ordination of the services of highly trained personnel. In addition, costly technology must be used in the most effective and efficient way and the quality of health services must be continually improved.

By combining the training skills derived from the discipline of medicine with the knowledge and techniques of management, medical practitioners are uniquely qualified to ensure that the highest standards of medical care are maintained. Therefore, an education program has been developed to enable Candidates to become effective members of the health care team with an insight into the needs and aspirations of both the consumers of medical care and its providers.

In March 2010 the College adopted a new Constitution with significant changes to its governance structure and membership classes. This Constitution can be viewed below.



Last Updated on Thursday, 12 April 2012 13:42