Clinical Specialist Pathway

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Clinical Specialists with substantial medical management experience in the Australian and New Zealand health system can seek RPLE for entry to the Fellowship Training Program. This pathway is ordinarily predicated on the 18 months RPLE and will reduce the training time in medical management practice under supervision from 36 months (as a minimum) to 18 months full time equivalent.

This RPLE pathway caters for clinical specialists and directors with part-time medical leadership and management responsibilities in Australia and New Zealand. These senior clinicians work in substantive clinical and management roles and will seek recognition by the registration authorities of their expertise in the specialty of medical administration. Candidates undertaking the Clinical Specialist Pathway to FRACMA will:

  • maintain substantial (up to 0.6) clinical roles in a health service
  • have at least 5 years' experience as a specialist in Australia or New Zealand
  • be engaged in medical management for at least two days a week (0.4 EFT)
  • have at least 2 years' experience as a Clinical Director or Head of Unit
  • already be operating at least at the Clinical Director/ Senior Director level at a health service


For applications and enquiries, contact the College Office on (03) 9824 4699.


Applying for Recognition of Prior Learning and Experience

Eligible doctors with demonstrated experience in medical management in Australia and New Zealand may seek Recognition of Prior Learning and Experience (RPLE) when applying for entry to RACMA Fellowship Training Program. They will be required to present for an RPLE Assessment Interview Panel for an evaluation of existing capabilities against the College medical administration competency framework.

Applicants undertaking an RPLE Assessment Interview are not guaranteed entry into an accelerated pathway as the Panel will assess on the existing competencies and experience which qualify applicants for entry to this modified training program. Applicants undertaking the assessment may go into the following modified accelerated pathways subject to the level of the RPLE awarded. The College will recommend and make an offer to the appropriate Fellowship Training Pathway.



Application Process for Recognition of Prior Learning and Experience

Entry to the RACMA Fellowship Training Program Pathway will depend on an evaluation of the RPLE by the RACMA RPLE Assessment Panel.

Applicants are required to submit an application for Accreditation of their training post/substantive position to the College together with their application for Recognition of Prior Learning and Experience (RPLE). This will allow the College to review the suitability of the training post/substantive position in the event Applicants are granted the level of RPLE which doesn't qualify them to enter the pathway they specifically seek.

As part of the application for the RPLE, evidence and relevant documentation must be provided to support demonstration of the existing competencies for the assessment and award of RPLE. The application form outlines the requirements for this and includes:

  • online self-assessment;
  • referee reports;
  • CPD certificates;
  • evidence of research experience and workplace capabilities, such as workplace tasks (reports, business cases, committee papers, etc.);
  • media publications in management;
  • performance evaluation reports; and
  • third party testimonials.


As applicants will be required to work towards a completion of a Health Services Research project and complete Masters program in Health Discipline, Credit may be sought for previously completed comparable academic or research related study.  Evidence should be provided together with application for RPLE demonstrating currency and comparability to meet the theoretical and research-based training requirements of the Fellowship Training Program.

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