- Online: February, July
1 year full-time
or part-time equivalent
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
Advance your teaching, research and clinical expertise with the Graduate Diploma of Rural and Remote Medicine at JCU. This course is designed for medical and health professionals, with an interest in rural and remote health.
Study at JCU’s College of Medicine and Dentistry—a recognised leader in rural and remote health, tropical medicine, and health in Australia and the wider Asia-Pacific region. Benefit from research partnerships with Indigenous Australian communities and international organisations.
Develop the skills to contribute to rural and remote health research and academic work. Carry out your own research project in rural and remote practice.
You will study five core subjects in the Graduate Diploma of Rural and Remote medicine. The course can be designed to match your passion through choosing from a wide variety of elective subjects that are grouped according to your interest area.
Consult the handbook for more information.
JCU’s Graduate Diploma of Rural and Remote Medicine is designed for Australian rural clinicians.
Graduates are equipped to enter research or academic roles focussing on rural health.
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.
Estimated annual tuition fee: $AUD34,480.00
Course fees are charged per year of full-time study. International course fees are reviewed annually and subject to change.
A Student Services and Amenities Fee is payable per subject up to a maximum amount per year.
Student Visa holders must have Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) for the duration of their Student Visa (except Norwegian, Swedish and Belgian citizens). Costs depend on the length of study and the number of dependents accompanying the student. For more information see Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC).
Scholarships and financial aid are also available for international students.
Consult the admission requirements section in the Handbook for prerequisites and pathways into this course.
You will need to supply the following with your application:
- Previous and current certificates and academic transcripts
- Grading Scale used at the institution/s you have undertaken your studies
- English proficiency test results (if required and available at time of application)
- Passport to confirm your name and citizenship (if available at time of application)
- Detailed curriculum vitae with your work and academic history
- Personal statement outlining why you are interested in this degree (100-250 words)
- 2x academic or work related referees to provide a reference for you. Referees need to complete the Referee Report form and send by email (preferred), fax or post (see below for contact details).
Completion of a recognised, appropriate undergraduate degree, or equivalent prior learning including appropriate professional experience.
Dr Ewen McPhee
Master of Rural and Remote Medicine
As a very busy rural doctor wanting to better understand what I do, and where I fit, the Master of Rural and Remote Medicine provided context to my work and a foundation on which to build my research and health professional education skills. It has been transformative in rekindling my enthusiasm for rural medicine.
Associate Professor Ruth Stewart
Course Coordinator, Master of Rural and Remote Medicine
The Rural and Remote Medicine postgraduate courses are designed to wrap around the work of a rural generalist doctor, nurse or allied health practitioner to give them the skills to become an educator of the next generation of practitioners.