Graduate Diploma of Rural and Remote Medicine

Course Code





Medicine, Health and Molecular Sciences

Award Requirements

Course Structure



Advanced Standing

Award Details

Admission Requirements

Course pre-requisites

Applicants must be registered medical practitioners with AHPRA; and

  • be experienced rural medical practitioners; or

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

  • be a current student of an Australian Medical Council (AMC) accredited medicine program and have their enrolment approved by the Course Coordinator and Head of School.

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 I of the JCU Admissions policy.

Additional selection requirements


Special admission requirements


Academic Requirements for Course Completion

Credit points

24 credit points

Additional course rules


Additional completion requirements


Course learning outcomes

The Graduate Diploma of Rural and Remote Medicine enables doctors working in rural and remote Australia to complete a postgraduate qualification to enhance their clinical, academic and research skills. They will develop knowledge, skills and attitudes to contribute to clinical, academic work and research relating to rural and remote medicine. Graduates will work to foster their practice through professional development and the application of evidence-based practice.

Graduates of the Graduate Diploma of Rural and Remote Medicine will be able to:

  • Demonstrate advanced and contemporary knowledge of medicine in the rural and remote context, particularly focusing on cultural, social and management concepts for rural and remote patients and communities

  • Demonstrate advanced and current strategies and skills in health profession education in the rural and remote context

  • Critically analyse and evaluate community, population, legislative and funding factors that influence health and health care delivery in rural and remote communities

  • Examine policies, professional and legal statutory requirements applicable to rural medical practitioners

  • Design, implement and communicate a minor research project in an area of relevance to rural and remote practice

  • Evaluate and apply new and existing evidence in the chosen specialty area of relevance to rural and remote medicine

  • Interpret principles, theories and methods of medical/health professional education for a variety of audiences through high-level written and spoken English

  • Demonstrate personal autonomy and accountability for own professional development.

Course Structure

Core Subjects

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

MD8002:03 Rural and Remote Medicine

HS5405:03 Teaching for Learning in the Health Professions


Select 15 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

HS5005:03 Infection Control in Health Care Settings

HS5101:03 Contemporary Issues in Primary Health Care Research

HS5102:03 Qualitative Research Methods for Health Professionals

HS5406:03 Strategies for Clinical Teaching

HS5410:03 Health Professional Education through Action Research

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

MD8014:03 Extended Clinical Practice Internal Medicine Part 1 and MD8015:03 Extended Clinical Practice Internal Medicine Part 2

MD8016:03 Extended Clinical Practice Emergency Medicine Part 1 and MD8017:03 Extended Clinical Practice Emergency Medicine Part 2

MD8018:03 Extended Clinical Practice Mental Health Part 1 and MD8019:03 Extended Clinical Practice Mental Health Part 2

MD8020:03 Extended Clinical Practice Paediatrics Part 1 and MD8021:03 Extended Clinical Practice Paediatrics Part 2

MD8022:03 Independent Study Project

MD8023:03 Advanced Clinical Knowledge and Skills for Rural and Remote Practice

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 Public Health and Workplace

TM5541:03 Managing Effective Health Programs

TM5542:03 Clinical Travel Medicine

TM5552:03 Global Health and Development

TM5554:03 Theory and Practice of Public Health

TM5556:03 Public Health Aspects of Chronic Diseases

TM5557:03 Disaster Health Management

TM5559:03 Clinical Tropical Paediatrics

TM5560:03 Foundations of 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 Essential Skills in Aeromedical Retrievals

TM5567:03 Flight Crew Skills in Aeromedical Retrievals

TM5575:03 Substance Abuse Prevention

TM5576:03 Adult Secondary Retrievals

TM5577:03 Paediatric and Neonatal Retrievals

TM5578:03 Emerging Public Health Threats

TM5579:03 Human Health Rights

TM5580:03 Public Health Nutrition

TM5581:03 Expedition and Wilderness Medicine







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.