General Rehabilitation Medicine

Interim changes to program requirements

Interim requirements for all trainees are listed under Program requirements. This follows a review by the Faculty Training Committee in Rehabilitation Medicine.

You're expected to satisfactorily complete the 2022 training program requirements where possible. If you’re unable to complete training program requirements due to COVID-19, see education and training principles and advise your Training Committee as soon as possible.

The interim changes made are to provide flexibility and support to trainees who have been affected by COVID-19. See also COVID-19 FAQs and education and training changes.

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Program overview

General Rehabilitation MedicineIn Advanced Training in General Rehabilitation Medicine, you’ll explore a new depth of specialty training in diagnosis, assessment, prevention and management of an individual with a disability due to illness or injury. You will train under supervision and prepare for independent practice as a consultant. The program builds your skills through work-based learning and assessment tools.

Program updates

See announced interim changes to program requirements due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The General Rehabilitation Medicine Advanced Training Program is evaluated biennially by the Australasian Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine (AFRM) Training Committee to ensure that it’s in line with educational best practice. Changes in program requirements may occur and could impact your training plan. The College will provide sufficient notice prior to implementing any change. You must always ensure you’re following the correct requirements during your training.

Entry requirements

Prospective trainees must:

  • hold a current medical registration
  • have completed 2 full years (or full-time equivalent) of postgraduate supervised training in general medical and surgical areas within the last 5 years
  • have been appointed to an appropriate Advanced Training position.

All trainees need to apply for Advanced Training each year.


Advanced Training in General Rehabilitation Medicine requires 4 years (48 months) of full-time equivalent (FTE) training.


Once you've completed all requirements of your training and the AFRM Education Committee has recommended you for admission, the College will invite you to apply for Fellowship of the Australasian Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine.

See Becoming a Fellow for information on admission to Fellowship.

As a Fellow in active practice in Australia, Aotearoa New Zealand or overseas, you’ll need to meet the annual requirements of the Continuing Professional Development program.

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