Postgraduate Diploma of Rural and Remote Medicine

Information valid for students commencing in 2012.

Course Code





Medicine, Health and Molecular Sciences

Award Requirements

Admission Requirements

Course p re-requisites

Entry requirements for this course are consistent with the Pathways to Qualifications in the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF level 8) Guidelines for Postgraduate Diplomas.

Applicants must be registered medical practitioners (or eligible to register) in an Australian state; and

  • be experienced rural medical practitioners; or

  • have completed, or be enrolled in, a training program in rural medicine as certified by the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine or by the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners.

Minimum English Language Proficiency Requirements

Students of non English speaking backgrounds must have an adequate English language capacity assessed under the Australian International English Language Testing System (IELTS). The IELTS score required for admission to this course can be found in Schedule II of the JCU Admissions policy.

Academic Requirements for Course Completion

Credit points

24 credit points

Learning outcomes

Characteristics of learning outcomes for this course are consistent with those outlined in the Postgraduate Diploma Guideline in the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF level 8).

Course Structure

Core Subjects

MD8001:03 Foundations of Rural or Remote Medicine: Reflections on Practice

MD8002:03 Rural and Remote Medicine


Select 18 credit points of specified HS, MD and TM subjects

HS5001:03 Population Health for Clinicians 1

HS5002:03 Population Health for Clinicians 2

HS5003:03 Population Health for Clinicians 3

HS5004:03 Population Health for Clinicians 4

HS5101:03 Contemporary Issues in Primary Health Care Research

HS5102:03 Qualitative Research Methods for Health Professionals

MD8003:03 Clinical Supervision for Rural Medical Practitioners

MD8007:09 Independent Study: Dissertation

MD8009:03 Independent Project: Writing for Publication

MD8010:03 Developing Continuing Medical Educational Programs

MD8011:09 Independent Project and Dissertation

MD8012:03 Clinical Knowledge and Skills for Rural and Remote Practice

MD8013:06 Advanced Clinical Knowledge and Skills for Rural and Remote Practice

MD8014:03 Extended Clinical Practice Internal Medicine Part 1


MD8015:03 Extended Clinical Practice Internal Medicine Part 2

MD8016:03 Extended Clinical Practice Emergency Medicine Part 1


MD8017:03 Extended Clinical Practice Emergency Medicine Part 2

MD8018:03 Extended Clinical Practice Mental Health Part 1


MD8019:03 Extended Clinical Practice Mental Health Part 2

MD8020:03 Extended Clinical Practice Paediatrics Part 1


MD8021:03 Extended Clinical Practice Paediatrics Part 2

MD8022:03 Independent Study Project

TM5002:03 Infectious Diseases

TM5501:03 Tropical Medicine

TM5502:03 Tropical Public Health

TM5503:03 Human Parasitology

TM5506:03 Social Science in Public Health

TM5508:03 Diving and Marine Medicine

TM5510:03 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health

TM5512:03 Travel Medicine

TM5513:03 Public Health Management

TM5514:03 Human Health and Environmental Change

TM5515:03 Epidemiology for Public Health

TM5516:03 Biostatistics for Public Health

TM5518:03 Public Health Entomology

TM5519:03 Training Primary Health Care Workers

TM5524:03 Qualitative Research Methods for Tropical Communities

TM5525:03 Communicable Disease Control

TM5526:03 Public Health Economics

TM5528:03 Health Promotion

TM5534:03 Tropical Paediatrics

TM5536:03 Refugee Health

TM5540:03 Occupational Health

TM5541:03 Managing Effective Health Programs

TM5542:03 Clinical Travel Medicine

TM5552:03 International Health Agencies and Development

TM5554:03 Theory and Practice of Public Health

TM5555:03 Infection Control in Health Care Settings

TM5556:03 Public Health Aspects of Chronic Diseases

TM5557:03 Disaster Health Management

TM5558:03 Public Health and Bioterrorism

TM5559:03 Clinical Tropical Paediatrics

TM5560:03 Aeromedical Retrieval

TM5562:03 Reproductive Health in Developing Countries

TM5563:03 Public Health Leadership and Crisis Management

TM5564:03 Acute Care in the Resource Poor Environment

TM5565:03 Clinical Review of Aeromedical Retrieval Activity

TM5566:03 Clinical Care Skills in Aeromedical Retrievals

TM5567:03 Flight Crew Skills in Aeromedical Retrievals







Expected time to complete

1 year full-time or equivalent part-time

Maximum time to complete

3 years

Maximum leave of absence

2 years


Course progression requisites


Course includes mandatory professional placement(s)


Special assessment requirements


Accreditation requirements


Maximum allowed Pass Conceded (PC) grade


Supplementary exam for final subject

Not applicable

Advanced Standing


Candidates may apply for advanced standing for previous tertiary study in accordance with the   Advanced Standing for Previous Studies and Recognised Prior Learning policy associated procedures.

Maximum allowed

6 credit points


Advanced standing will be granted only for studies completed in the 6 years prior to the commencement of this course.


Advanced standing gained for any subject shall be cancelled 9 years after the date of the examination upon which the advanced standing is based if, by then, the candidate has not completed the course of study prescribed for the degree.

Other restrictions


Award Details

Inclusion of majors on testamur

Not applicable – this course does not have majors

Exit with lesser award

Not applicable

Course articulation

Candidates who complete this course are eligible for entry to the Master of Rural and Remote Medicine and may be granted advanced standing for all subjects completed under this course.