The Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine was incorporated in 1997 by the Rural Doctors Association of Australia (RDAA). Our incorporation acknowledged the pressing importance and need to:
- deliver rural and remote medicine as a broad but discrete form of general practice
- provide well-designed vocational training and continuing medical education for rural doctors, and
- address the shortage of rural and remote doctors in Australia, by providing them with a separate and distinctive professional body.
In 2006 we became the first new medical college to undertake assessment by the Australian Medical Council (AMC). This meant we became the first college in Australia to apply for, and achieve, approval to set standards for a medical specialty in which another college already operated – General Practice.
The successful initial accreditation of the College and its programs in February 2007 paved the way for government to approve the College as a body able to determine and certify vocational recognition as a general practitioner for Medicare purposes.
State medical boards and other key certifying agencies across Australia were subsequently able to properly recognise the College and its fellowship qualification in a range of registration and industrial arrangements.
Following an extensive, scheduled assessment of our education and training programs, we are proud to say that the AMC confirmed renewal of our accreditation in 2011.