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Australasian Faculty of Occupational and Environmental Medicine

The Australasian Faculty of Occupational & Environmental Medicine (AFOEM) is a Faculty of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP) that connects and represents Occupational & Environmental Medicine Fellows and trainees in Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand.

We are committed to establishing and maintaining a high standard of training and practice in Occupational and Environmental Medicine in Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand through the training and continuing professional development of our members and advocating on their behalf to shape the future of healthcare.

AFOEM is governed by the AFOEM Council and committees. Find out more about AFOEM governance including the AFOEM Council and Committees.

AFOEM Purpose Statement

”The Australasian Faculty of Occupational & Environmental Medicine will be recognised medical specialists promoting the health and wellbeing of workers, healthy workplaces and good work.”

About occupational and environmental medicine

Occupational medicine takes a preventative approach to health and safety in the workplace by looking at how a work environment can affect a person’s health, and how a person’s health can affect their work.

Environmental medicine is primarily concerned with the human health impacts of industrial practices on the broader environment outside of the industrial site.

Occupational and Environmental Physicians (OEPs) provide specialist knowledge to ensure a healthy, productive workforce and connect a workplace with the diverse range of health services necessary to optimise the health and wellbeing of employees. OEPs work with governments, regulators, employers, workers and other health professionals to ensure positive health outcomes for workers and employers.

Find out about the history of occupational and environmental medicine.

What is an Occupational and Environmental Physician?

Find an expert

Are you looking for an expert in occupational medicine? Visit to find an Australian and New Zealand Society of Occupational Medicine Inc (ANZSOM) member with the expertise you need.

Advanced Training in occupational and environmental medicine

AFOEM runs the Occupational and Environmental Medicine Advanced Training Program in Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand.

Find out more about the Advanced Training program in Occupational and Environmental Medicine.


Health Benefits of Good Work®

Find out more about the Health Benefits of Good Work® initiative

It Pays to Care

A initiative to improve the health and recovery outcomes for people who experience a work injury, including reducing barriers to care. Find out more about why It Pays to Care.

Ferguson-Glass Oration

AFOEM's keynote address is called the Ferguson-Glass Oration. The Oration is named after Professor David Alexander Ferguson AM and Professor William Ivan Glass who are acknowledged as the two Founding Fathers of academic occupational medicine in Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand.

Find out more about the Ferguson-Glass Oration

AFOEM Annual Members Meeting

AFOEM Annual Members Meeting - 2023

Get involved

You can get involved in the Faculty and connect with other AFOEM Fellows and trainees in a number of ways:

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