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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 New Zealand.

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

AFOEM Mission Statement

"The Australasian Faculty of Occupational & Environmental Medicine will be recognised as the leading authority on ​occupational and ​​environmental ​medicine (OEM) in the Australasian region and will strive towards an education, assessment and oversight program recognised nationally and internationally as providing the highest standards in ​OEM, demonstrably met by its ​trainees and Fellows."

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 New Zealand.​

Find out more about the Ferguson-Glass Oration​

Health Benefits of Good Work

Find out more about the Health Benefits of Good Work initiative

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.

History of ​occupational and ​environmental medicine

Find out more about the history of ​occupational and ​environmental ​medicine

Advanced Training in ​occupational and ​environmental medicine

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

Find out more about the Advanced Training program in ​occupational and ​environmental medicine.

Latest news on ​occupational and ​​environmental medicine

Read the AFOEM eBulletins for the latest news

Get involved

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


AFOEM is governed by the AFOEM Council and committees. The current president of AFOEM is Associate Professor Peter Connaughton.

Find out more about AFOEM governance including the AFOEM Council and Committees​.

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