Graduate Certificate in Rural Generalism

Approved Abbreviation: GradCertRuralGen

Western Sydney University Course Code: 4774.1

AQF Level: 8

The Graduate Certificate in Rural Generalism aims to enhance rural generalist medical training by providing additional clinical and research skills to post graduate health professionals entering rural practice. Students will build on and integrate skills through online teaching over a 6 month full-time eqivalent program. The program will enable students to examine current rural health policy, apply evidence based approach to health care and become skilled in utilising telehealth technologies for managing clinical presentations in rural settings. They will also be introduced to research skills that will assist research in their rural communities.

Study Mode
Six months full-time or one year part-time

The course will seek to be recognised by both The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) and The Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM) as contributing to aspects of their fellowship training programs for vocational registration.

Inherent requirements

Inherent requirements for the Graduate Certificate in Rural Generalism are outlined in the Western Sydney University Inherent Requirements for Medicine courses. This document is available at:


Graduate Certificate Rural Generalism (6-month program)

Applicants must have successfully completed an undergraduate degree in science, health, nursing or midwifery.

Applications from Australian and New Zealand citizens and holders of permanent resident visas must be made via the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC). Use the links below to apply via UAC or Western Sydney University. Applications made directly to Western Sydney do not have an application fee.

Applicants who have undertaken studies overseas may have to provide proof of proficiency in English. Local applicants who are applying through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) will find details of minimum English proficiency requirements and acceptable proof on the UAC website. Local applicants applying directly to the University should also use the information provided on the UAC website.

Overseas qualifications must be deemed by the Australian Education International - National Office of Overseas Skills Recognition (AEI-NOOSR) to be equivalent to Australian qualifications in order to be considered by UAC and Western Sydney University.

Course Structure

Qualification for this award requires the successful completion of 40 credit points which includes the units listed below.

Core Units

401270Rural and Remote Medicine: The Generalist Approach
401173Introduction to Clinical Epidemiology
401274Telehealth and Rural Communities
401077Introduction to Biostatistics

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