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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. 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 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.

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 programme 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.

The College's National Headquarters are situated at Suite 1, 20 Cato Street, Hawthorn East, Victoria. There are active committees in every State, Territory and New Zealand.

Why you should consider a Fellowship with RACMA

Fellowship of the RACMA can benefit you by:

  1. Lead and manage medical services to achieve excellence in health services
  2. Support for Continuing Professional Development
  3. Keeping you informed of issues and opportunities in health services and medical management
  4. Providing a network of branches located throughout Australia and New Zealand
  5. Promoting ethical conduct and good standing
  6. Providing annual awards and prizes
  7. Providing international links/networks


1. Lead and manage medical services to achieve excellence in health services

A Fellowship with RACMA entitles you to recognition as a medical specialist in Australia and New Zealand. This is a specialty that is recognised by the Australian Medical Council and state medical registration boards. A Fellowship signals that you are qualified to achieve high standards of medical management practice, to lead and work with other clinicians and managers to achieve high standards of professional medical service delivery.

The College supports its Fellows to maintain and build a knowledge and skills base that is current, and to contribute as senior and respected professionals in the health services community.

Fellows of RACMA progress quickly to positions of seniority that are diverse, such as Heads of country and health authorities, chief executives of hospitals, universities, heads of medical schools and universities, heads of divisions of medical services, chief health officers of government jurisdictions, consultants to governments and private sector health services. Fellows are also found in public policy and health program management, in information technology, and in pharmaceuticals, biotechnological and blood and blood product services industries, in Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia, India, the Middle East, Hong Kong, USA, UK and Ireland, just to name some of the places where our Fellows work.

The College's involvement in education, policy formulation and decision-making enables it to help shape the future and thus represent the professional interests of its members. The College is a member of the Committee of Presidents of Medical Colleges (CPMC) which is the body that represents the interests of all medical specialist colleges to Government.

When you become a Fellow of the College you join a unique network of other professional medical specialists who will be there for you.

The College conducts a training program that is especially accredited by the Australian Medical Council. It is the only recognized way that you can become a Fellow in the specialty of medical administration.



2. Support for Continuing Professional Development

Continuing professional development is a major commitment by the College and its Fellows. Increasingly all Fellows, whatever their medical specialty are being required by their medical registration boards and other credentialing organizations, to demonstrate participation in ongoing professional development.

At RACMA the Continuing Professional Development Program (CEP) is the means through which Fellows participate in activities that are relevant to the maintenance of ongoing learning. The College supports Fellows by providing access to professional networks of learning groups, scientific meetings and conferences, official roles and responsibilities in College functions, and increasingly in special training programs and courses for medical managers. This participation is recognized and certificated by the College. This evidence is used by Fellows to substantiate their participation to credentialing, registration and employing bodies.



3. Keeping you informed of issues and opportunities in health services and medical management

The College provides a variety of information services to keep Fellows up to date with current developments and trends in medical management. These include:

  • Specific information requests from Fellows co-ordinated and provided through the National Secretariat
  • The monthly e-bulletin - RACMANotes - delivered to your desktop with current College activities and topics of interest
  • A monthly e-bulletin - Board Update - also delivered to your desktop and reporting on matters of interest from your College Board
  • A personal copy of the College's journal, The Quarterly, that is produced in a relaxed, informative style and issued quarterly
  • A dynamic web site that is your place to develop a personal profile by offering you space to customise your own details, promote your organization and your work
  • Advice about careers and employment opportunities
  • Access to the online Collection offering access and information to helpful resources in medical management and planning. This is only available to members through the web site
  • Participation in journal clubs and CEP learning groups
  • Scientific meetings and information about conferences.


4. Providing a network of branches located throughout Australia and New Zealand

RACMA Fellows can be involved in their College through State/Territory and New Zealand committees and learning groups. This participation facilitates expansion of professional networks and personal professional profile. Fellows can become even more active through formal roles, such as Chair of the local Board of Studies, Treasurer, conference or CEP co-ordinator, Mentors and Preceptors and may go on to become Officers of the College Board.



5. Promoting ethical conduct and good standing

The College promotes a high standard of professional behaviour and ethical practice in clinical and health services management. Fellows are required to always be in good standing with their College.



6. Providing annual awards and prizes

Each year the College makes a number of awards and prizes to Fellows, subject to their meeting the established criteria. Information on awards offered is available from the National Secretariat and through State/Territory and New Zealand committees. Information on awards selection is routinely published to Fellows and Candidates.



7. Providing international links/networks

The College has strong links with international fellows and similar medical specialty groups and organisations in Hong Kong, Indonesia, United States and Britain, These connections enable introductions to be made for you, and for you to expand your network into the international arena.


What can you do with a RACMA Fellowship?

RACMA Fellows work at executive levels and have diverse careers in:

  • Public and private health care services management e.g. health services, hospitals, blood services, pathology and pharmaceuticals
  • Regional, state and country health system administration and leadership
  • Defense forces in Australia and overseas
  • Clinical governance and credentialing
  • Medical insurance
  • Workforce planning, policy and development
  • Biotechnology - research and education, commercialization
  • Health informatics and information systems
  • University medical education and post graduate research
  • Consultancy
  • Contracted services provision
  • Quality business improvement design
  • Specialty Medical college management and management of other professional associations

College Membership Eligibility

You may be eligible if you meet all of the following criteria:

  • a medical graduate of a Australian or New Zealand university or one that is comparable
  • a senior medical manager with at least three years clinical experience
  • currently working in medical management
  • registered to practice medicine in Australia
  • completion of, or progress towards completion of, a post graduate management qualification, recognized by the Board
  • a student undertaking a medical course of study approved by the Board

Membership Categories

RACMA has different levels of membership.

Fellowship: This is the most senior category and is awarded by the Board to members who have met all candidacy requirements and successfully passed the RACMA examination requirements.

Candidate: These are medical practitioners who are preparing for fellowship through a supervised training program with the College.

Associate Fellowship: Are medical practitioners who have current medical registration as a medical practitioner in a state or territory of Australia, New Zealand and live in Australia or other overseas country. Members have at least 3 years clinical experience in health services and participate in medical management professional development activities that are recognised by the College.

Affiliate: The Affiliate category provides for new clinician managers who wish to join RACMA and participate in the benefits of membership. As Affiliate there will be no compulsory CEP and no right to the use of a RACMA post-nominal.

Medical Students and young Doctors: If you have an interest in a career in medical management please contact the College about its awareness program for future medical managers.

Membership Fees

Click on the link below to view the current membership fees.
Membership fees table

How to Apply

Click on the link below to view details on how to apply.
How to apply


How to find out more? You can call the National Secretariat on +61 3 9824 4699



Last Updated on Thursday, 19 April 2018 15:22