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Graduate Diploma of Rural and Remote Medicine

February, July
1 year full-time
Part-time available
Attendance mode
Internal, External
Entry Requirements
AHPRA-registered health practitioners with experience as rural health practitioners; enrolled in or completed a program in rural medicine or general practice; or student of an Australian Medical Council program; or a practising international rural health practitioner
Not applicable
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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.

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Graduate Diploma of Rural and Remote Medicine

Handbook year


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.

Inherent Requirements

Inherent RequirementsInherent requirements are the fundamental abilities, attributes, skills and behaviours needed to complete the learning outcomes of a course while preserving the academic integrity of the university’s learning, assessment and accreditation processes. Students and prospective students must be able to demonstrate that they have acquired or have the ability to acquire the inherent requirements for their degree. For more information refer to Inherent Requirements page.
Reasonable adjustmentsReasonable adjustments may be made to assist students manage additional circumstances impacting on their studies provided these do not change the academic integrity of a degree. Reasonable adjustments do not alter the need to be able to demonstrate the inherent requirements of the course.

Course Structure


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







Expected time to complete

1 year full-time or equivalent part-time

Maximum time to complete

5 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



Students may apply for a credit transfer for previous tertiary study or informal and non-formal learning in accordance with the Credit Transfer Procedure.

Maximum allowed

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.

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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 credit for relevant subjects completed under this course.

Annual Tuition Fee: $25,240 (Estimate only)

Student Services and Amenities fee is payable per subject up to a maximum amount per year.

A variety of Scholarships are available to suit different student types.

Consult the admission requirements section in the Handbook for prerequisites and pathways into this course.

Grow your skillset

The Master of Rural and Remote Medicine has given me the confidence to try new things and new career paths. It specifically works around rural remote medicine and it has real life application.

Rayne Sweet, Registered Nurse, JCU student