Medical Executive Pathway

Doctors with significant demonstrated experience in medical management in Australia and New Zealand may seek entry to Fellowship Training Program with a maximum exemption from supervised medical management practice.

Doctors seeking RPLE into the Medical Executive Pathway will need to demonstrate senior medical management experience in executive medical administration/management roles at least 0.8 EFT over a 5 year period as a minimum.

Potential Candidates for the Medical Executive pathway will demonstrate attributes in:

  • the broader issues of healthcare and influencing health outcomes in Australia and NZ
  • strong background in clinical and medical professional governance
  • current practicing general or specialist medical registration in Australia or New Zealand 
  • demonstrated ongoing management and leadership learning and roles
  • formal postgraduate studies in health management (desirable)


Applications from doctors from the Hong Kong College of Community Medicine need to initially seek support from the HKCCM for applying to the Medical Executive pathway via RPLE assessment. Hong Kong applicants who attain Fellowship of RACMA will not qualify to practice as specialist medical administrators in Australasia and will need to seek registration with the AMC / AHPRA to be able to practice in Australia. The College may also assign specific training programs for the transition to medical management practice from HK to Australian or NZ health context.

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.

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


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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