Research Training Domain Print

In 2012, the College strengthened its training in health services evaluation research, which was a commitment to the key role completency of Scholar in the Medical Leadership and Management Curriculum by introducing Research Training in the RACMA Fellowship Training Program.

Research Training is one of the four domains of the Fellowship Training Program which must be completed 'satisfactorily' within a specified time period, to be eligible for membership of the College in the category of Fellow.

In the Research Training domain, it is required that a Master's subject related to evidence-based inquiry or research is completed, that a health service evaluation research project is conducted, that an oral presentation of research progress is made; and that a written report is satisfactorily completed for eligibility to Fellowship.

Aims and objectives

In keeping with the Curriculum goals for the role competency of Scholar, the overall aim of the Research Training Domain (RTD) is:
  • To raise Candidate awareness of the knowledge, skills and attitudes required to critically evaluate information for decision making.
The learning objectives of the Research Training Domain (RTD) are that Candidates will: 

  • Identify a health services research question relevant to the practice of medical administration; 
  • Undertake a collation of relevant and current information about that issue;
  • Choose an appropriate method for deriving new knowledge from study of the question;
  • Analyse, interpret and discuss the outcomes of the research; 
  • Draw conclusions and make recommendations relating to the outcomes identified;
  • Deliver a formal oral presentation of research progress; and 
  • Write a ‘publication-ready’ report/paper on the chosen research activity.
The RACMA Research Training Domain (RTD) Handbook outlines the requirements of the RTD, guidelines for the formative and summative assessment tasks, procedures and resources to assist Candidates.

Please refer to the Annual Training Calendar of the relevant candidacy year for key training and assessment submission dates.

Candidates wishing to clarify their RTD requirements are encouraged to contact the Fellowship Training Program (FTP) Coordinator at the RACMA National Office (Tel. 03 98244699).

All Candidates in the Fellowship Training Program are required to 'satisfactorily' complete the RACMA Research Training Domain (RTD) with the exception of those undertaking the Medical Executive (ME) Pathway.

For further information regarding your training requirements, dates of assessment activities in the Research Training Domain and eligibility for attending the Oral Presentations and Oral Exams, please contact the Soundra Subramanian (Assessment & Administration Manager) at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or Anna Lyubomirsky (Education & Training Manager) at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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RACMA Teleconference/Webinar & Workshop Recordings

RACMA Health Services Research Resources

Resources (by area of research)

Literature review

‘Getting Started on your Literature Review’, The Learning Centre, University of New South Wales, 2012:

Greenhalgh, T. ‘How to read a paper: papers that summarise other papers (systematic reviews and meta-analyses)’ BMJ 315: 672, 1997.

Health Services Research PubMed Queries:

Lancey, A. 'Evidence based medicine: searching the medical literature Part 1', Southern Soudan Medical Journal, 1, 2010.

‘Literature review’, RMIT, 2013.

‘Literature Review Tutorial’, Central Queensland University Library, 2012:

‘Writing a Literature Review’, The University of Canberra, 2012:

Research methodology

Alvesson, M. ‘Methodology for close up studies – struggling with closeness and closure’, Higher Education, 46: 167-193, 2003.

Alvesson, M. and Skoldberg, K. Reflexive Methodology: New Vistas for Qualitative Research, London: Sage, 2009.

‘Assessing the Credibility of Online Sources’, The Write Place and LEO, St Cloud State University (MN), 2005:

Aveyard, H. and Sharp, P. A Beginner's Guide to Evidence Based Practice in Health and Social Care, UK: Open University Press, 2009.

Bell, J. and Opie, C. Learning from Research: Getting more from your data, Buckingham: Open University Press, 2002.

Bergman, M. Advances in mixed methods research: theories and applications, Los Angeles: Sage, 2008.

Bowling, A. Research Methods in Health: Investigation Health and Health Services, Maidenhead: Open University Press, 2002.

Burns, R. Introduction to research methods. Frenchs Forest: Pearson Education, 2000.

Campbell M et al. (2000) Framework for design and evaluation of complex interventions to improve health. BMJ 321: 694-6.

Casarett D., Karlawish J.H.T. and Sugarman, J. ‘Determining When Quality Improvement Initiatives Should Be Considered Research’ JAMA 283: 2275-80, 2000.

'Critical Appraisal Skills Programme', Solutions for Public Health, 2010. {C}{C}{C}

Crombie, I. K. and .Davies, H. T. O. Research in Health Care: Design, Conduct and Interpretation of Health Services Research, Wiley, 1996.

Equator Network, ‘Guidelines for reporting qualitative research’, 2012:

Greenfield, T. Research methods for postgraduates, London: Arnold, 2002.

Health Services Research (HSR) Methods:

Kumar, R. Research methodology: a step-by-step guide for beginners, Frenchs Forest: Pearson Longman, 2011.

Kvale, S and Brinkmann, S. Interviews: Learning the Craft of Qualitative Research Interviewing, Thousand Oaks: Sage, 2008.

Lohr, K. N. and Steinwachs, D. M. 'Health services research: an evolving definition of the field', Health Serv Res, 37:1, 7-9, 2002.

Liamputtong, P. and Ezzy, D. Qualitative research methods, Melbourne: Oxford University Press, 2009.

McNeil, D. Epidemiological research methods, New York: John Wiley, 1996.

Petrie, A. and Sabin, C. Medical Statistics at a Glance, Wiley-Blackwell, 2009.

Pope, C. and Mays, N. (eds) Qualitative Research in Health Care, Wiley-Blackwell, 2006.

Richardson, W. S. et al. 'The well-built clinical question: a key to evidence-based decisions', ACP Journal Club, 123:3, A12-A13, 1995.

Research process flowchart for medical studies, RD Direct, University of Leeds, 2009. {C}{C}{C}

'The Cochrane Library', Cochrane Collaboration, 2010:

Thomas, M. Blending qualitative and quantitative research methods in theses and dissertations, Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin Press, 2003.


Coughlin, S. S. ‘Ethical issues in epidemiologic research and public health practice’, Emerging Themes in Epidemiology, 2006:

National Ethics Application Forms (NEAF):

NHMRC, ‘National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research 2007 - Updated 2009’, 2013:

NHMRC,Ethical aspects of qualitative methods in health research - Report of the Australian Health Ethics Committee. Canberra: AGPS, 1994.

NHMRC, Report on ethics in epidemiological research. Canberra: AGPS, 1985.


Anderson J. Assignment & Thesis Writing (4th edition), Brisbane: John Wiley & Sons, 2001.

‘Resources’, Australasian Medical Writers Association, 2011:

Stuart, M. (ed.) The Complete Guide to Medical Writing, UK: Pharmaceutical Press, 2007.


‘Harvard Referencing’, The Learning Centre, University of New South Wales, 2012:

‘Harvard Referencing for Electronic Sources’, The Learning Centre, University of New South Wales, 2012:

‘Avoiding Plagiarism’, The Learning Centre, University of New South Wales, 2012:

Relevant Journals (ranked by Impact Factor)

Medical Care Research and Review, Impact Factor 2.959 - Research in health care services:

BMC Medical Research Methodology, Impact Factor 2.67:

Health Services Research, Impact Factor: 2.293 - Inform efforts to improve efficiency and value:

Health Care Management Review, Impact Factor 1.23 - Research on health care management, leadership and administration:

BMC Health Services Research, Impact Factor 1.72 -

Journal of Health Services Research and Policy, Impact Factor 1.453 - Exploring the ideas, policies and decisions shaping health services worldwide:

Australian Health Review, Impact Factor 0.545 - National and international health issues and questions:

Health Services Management Research, No impact factor:

Asia Pacific Journal of Health Management, No impact factor:


Berglund, C. A. (ed.) Health Research, South Melbourne: Oxford University Press, 2001.

Blaxter, L. et al. How to research, Buckingham: Open University Press, 2001.

Bouma, G. and Ling, R. The research process, South Melbourne: Oxford University Press, 2004.

Gerring, J. Case Study Research: Principles and Practices, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2007.

Handbook of Health Services Research:

Health Services Research Association Australia and New Zealand (HSRAANZ):

Institute of Medicine, Health Services Research: Workforce and Educational Issues. Washington, DC: National Academy Press, 1995:

National Information Center on Health Services Research and Health Care Technology:

Meloy, J.M. Writing the qualitative dissertation: understanding by doing, N.J.: Lawrence Erlbaum, 2002.

Moja, L. P. et al. 'Compliance of clinical trial registries with the World Health Organization minimum data set: a survey', Trials, 10: 56, 2009.

'Patient and Public Involvement', National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence, 2010:

Polgar, S. and Thomas, S.A. Introduction to Research in the Health Sciences, Sydney: Churchill Livingston Elsevier, 2008.

Porta, M. and Last, J. M. A Dictionary of Epidemiology(5th edition), New York: Oxford University Press, 2008.

'Service User Involvement: Best Practice Guide', Service User Involvement:

Steinwachs, D.M. ‘Health Services Research: Its Scope and Significance’, in P. Forman (ed.) Promoting Health Services Research in Academic Health Centers, Washington, DC: Association of Academic Health Centers, 23-72, 1991.

Stewart, D. et al. Focus groups: theory and practise, Thousand Oaks: Sage, 2007.

White, K.L. Health Services Research: An Anthology, Washington, DC: Pan American Health Organization, 1992.

University of New South Wales, Project Guidelines, School of Public Health and Community Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, 2010:

Uwe, F. An introduction to qualitative research, London: Sage, 2006.
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