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The Royal Australasian College of Medical Administrators (RACMA) was founded in 1968 in recognition of the emergence of medical administration as a specialty in its own right. It was established 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.

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. RACMA has also formed an affiliation with the Hong Kong College of Community Medicine (HKCCM). 

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



Past Office Bearers

The College President serves for a term of three years. The following persons have been College Presidents:

1968-70

Dr W E Langford

1970-72

Dr C J Cummins

1972-74

Dr B Nicholson

1974-76

Dr S J H Shepherd

1976-78

Dr H Kramer

1978-80

Dr W T McCoy

1980-82

Dr R C Webb

1982-84

Dr R G McEwin

1984-86

Dr I R Vanderfield

1986-88

Dr J G Golledge

1988-90

Dr B J Kearney

1990-92

Dr P J Brennan

1992-94

Dr C V Wellington

1994-96

Dr J Alexander

1996-98

Dr M R (Taffy) Jones

1998-00

Dr M Jelly

2000-02

Dr J Sparrow

2002-04

Dr S Devanesen

2004-06

Dr P Montgomery

2006-08

Prof G Frost

2008-10

Dr D Rankin

2010-12

Dr R Boyd

2012-15

Dr L Gruner

2015-18

Prof M Cleary

2018- A/Prof A Sandford AM

The Censor in Chief has responsibility for all College assessment and also oversees the alignments of the Curriculum with the Assessment Framework in the RACMA Fellowship Training Program. The Censor in Chief is also Chair of the Board of Censors. The following persons have occupied this important position:

1968-75

Sir William Refshauge

1975-78

Dr R McEwin

1978-83

Dr T Wood

1983-86

Dr S Sax

1986-89

Dr B Kearney

1989-92

Dr J Alexander

1992-95

Dr P Southgate

1995-99

Dr J Campbell

1999-05

Dr G Frost

2005-10

Dr L Gruner

2010-13

Dr L Lee

2013 -18

A/Prof A Sandford AM

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