Diploma of Rural Generalist Anaesthesia

Due to launch in 2023, this diploma is a joint initiative of ANZCA, the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) and the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM).

Under the memorandum of understanding (MOU) signed in July 2021, the three colleges agree to work together to establish a diploma that will actively cultivate and maintain the highest principles and standards in the training, practice and ethics of rural generalist anaesthesia.

ANZCA, RACGP and ACRRM have been working towards this goal since 2016 as the Tripartite Committee of Rural Generalist Anaesthesia and significant work on the diploma’s curriculum has already been completed by a working group of expert clinicians and educators from the three colleges. The aim of the diploma is to provide training to produce rural generalist anaesthesia graduates who can deliver safe anaesthesia and perioperative care in rural and remote settings for:

  • Patients classed as ASA 1, 2 and stable 3 undergoing elective surgery.
  • Patients requiring emergent surgery.


This includes obstetric and paediatric patients (within scope of practice) and the resuscitation and stabilisation of patients for transfer when required.

Course content and structure

The following document outlines the course content and structure of the diploma. 

Feedback on the curriculum is welcome and can be submitted using this feedback survey.

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Last updated 09:50 26.05.2022