Rural and Remote Medicine

Recovery is being able to live a meaningful and satisfying life, as defined by each person, in the presence or absence of symptoms. It is about the person having control over and input into their own life

ACRRM Mental Health AST Curriculum Edition 2

Mental health is a priority area for Medical Specialists in rural and remote areas for many reasons, including the high incidence of mental health conditions, high morbidity and mortality, and the specific challenges of mental health care delivery in rural and remote settings.

This contemporary recovery-oriented course fosters collaboration with other medical specialists including Psychiatry Trainees and General Practitioners, with assessment tasks aligned to the specialisation of Rural and Remote Medicine.

Tailored to rural and remote settings

HETI‘s Psychiatric Medicine Framework rural and remote medicine specialisation is designed to provide rural and remote doctors with the opportunity to extend their mental health knowledge and skills beyond those obtainable through skills training workshops.

Our courses have been designed from their inception to meet the needs of Rural and Remote doctors, with the topics mapped to the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM) AST Curriculum.

ThePsychiatric Medicine framework rural and remote specialisation is accredited for professional development by the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine.

Who should apply?

Doctors with a passion for improving mental health and wellbeing and an interest in rural and remote settings.

To enrol in our postgraduate courses in Psychiatric Medicine you must be registered as a medical practitioner in Australia or New Zealand with at least one year’s clinical experience.

Learn more about entry requirements.


SEMESTER 1 Recovery Focused Psychiatric Medicine A Whole Person Approach to Psychiatry
SEMESTER 2 Collaborative Mental Health Care Introduction to Contemporary Psychiatric Interventions
SEMESTER 1 Reconsidering the Context Integrating Physical and Mental Health
SEMESTER 2 Developmental Perspectives in Context 1: From Perinatal to Youth Developmental Perspectives in Context 2: Adults, Ageing and Beyond