Course and Subject Handbook 2018 Courses Postgraduate Courses Graduate Diploma of Rural and Remote Medicine

Graduate Diploma of Rural and Remote Medicine

Graduate Diploma of Rural and Remote Medicine

Course code


Course type

Graduate Diploma (AQF Level 8)


Tropical Health and Medicine

Award Requirements

Admission Requirements

Course pre-requisites

Applicants must be registered health practitioners with AHPRA: and

  • be experienced rural health 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;


  • Applicants must be a current student of an Australian Medical Council (AMC) accredited medicine program and have their enrolment approved by the Course Coordinator and College Dean or
  • be a practising international rural health practitioner and have the enrolment approved by the Course Coordinator and College Dean

Minimum English language proficiency requirements

Applicants of non-English speaking backgrounds must meet the English language proficiency requirements of Band 3a Schedule II of the JCU Admissions Policy.

Academic Requirements for Course Completion

Credit points

24 credit points

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


HS5405:03 Teaching for Learning in the Health Professions

HS7405:03 Evidence Based Health Professional Education

MD8001:03 Foundations of Rural and Remote Medicine

MD8002:03 Rural and Remote Medicine Reflections on Practice

TM5510:03 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health


Select 3 credit points of any postgraduate subjects


Select 6 credit points of level 5 TM; level 5, 6 or 7 HS; or level 8 MD subjects or other combination of postgraduate subjects as agreed by the Course Coordinator







Expected time to complete

1 year full-time or equivalent part-time

Maximum time to complete

4 years

Maximum leave of absence

2 years


Course progression requisites


Course includes mandatory professional placement(s)


Special assessment requirements


Professional accreditation requirements


Maximum allowed Pass Conceded (PC) grade


Supplementary exam for final subject

Not applicable

Advanced Standing


Students may apply for advanced standing for previous tertiary study in accordance with the Advanced Standing and Articulation policy and 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 10 years after the date of the examination upon which the advanced standing is based if, by then, the student has not completed the course of study prescribed for the degree.

Other restrictions


Award Details

Award title


Approved abbreviation


Inclusion of majors on testamur

Not applicable – this course does not have majors

Exit with lesser award

Not applicable

Course articulation

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