Graduate Diploma of Rural and Remote Medicine
What to expect
How to apply
This program is designed to provide medical practitioners, particularly those based in rural and remote communities, with a pathway for advancing their academic and clinical expertise.
Rural and remote communities in northern Australia and the tropics face unique health issues. We are committed to equipping health professionals with the capabilities to practice in rural and remote settings.
Who is this course for?
This course is for medical and health practitioners and graduates who want to specialise in rural practice.
How you will study
This coursework program is available externally and via limited attendance in Townsville. This course is available part-time and full-time.
The College of Medicine and Dentistry teaches this course. The College is a recognised leader in rural and remote health, tropical medicine and health in Australia and the wider Asia-Pacific region. We have:
- new teaching facilities including a medical research laboratory
- research partnerships with Indigenous Australian communities and international organisations
- clinical schools in Cairns, Mackay, Atherton and the Northern Territory
- Offer education and training in both Undergraduate and Postgraduate courses, including connection with Generalist Medical Training (GMT).
Complete an online application through our Online Application Portal.
Fees and scholarships
Pathways to JCU
Graduate Diploma of Rural and Remote Medicine
Graduate Diploma (AQF Level 8)
Tropical Health and Medicine
Applicants must be registered health practitioners with AHPRA: and
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
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:
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HS5405:03 Teaching for Learning in the Health Professions
HS7405:03 Research Methodologies for Health Professionals
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 one 3 credit point postgraduate subject
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
COURSE AVAILABLE AT
Expected time to complete
1 year full-time or equivalent part-time
Maximum time to complete
Maximum leave of absence
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
Students may apply for a credit transfer for previous tertiary study or informal and non-formal learning in accordance with the Credit Transfer Procedure.
6 credit points
Credit will be granted only for studies completed in the 6 years prior to the commencement of this course.
Credit gained for any subject shall be cancelled 11 years after the date of the examination upon which the credit is based if, by then, the student has not completed the course of study prescribed for the degree.
GRADUATE DIPLOMA OF RURAL AND REMOTE MEDICINE
Inclusion of majors on testamur
Not applicable – this course does not have majors
Exit with lesser award
Students who complete this course are eligible for entry to the Master of Rural and Remote Medicine and may be granted credit for relevant subjects completed under this course.
Annual Tuition Fee: $25,240 (Estimate only)
Consult the admission requirements section in the Handbook for prerequisites and pathways into this course.