The Federation of Rural Australian Medical Educators (FRAME) is the peak body representing those Rural Clinical Schools (RCS) and Regional Medical Schools (RMS) funded (in whole or in part) through the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing’s Rural Clinical Training and Support Program (RCTS). FRAME was established in 2003 to advance the causes common to medical student training in rural and remote Australia. Under the auspices of FRAME medical schools with RCTS programs come together to discuss and promote matters of mutual interest. RCS and RMS are required to work within and respond to the parameters set by the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing for the RCTS Program.
FRAME aims to:
- To influence and advocate for Australian rural medical education policy and innovative practice.
- To promote rural medical education as a core component of Australian rural medical workforce strategy, by supporting integrated rural career pathways throughout all stages of medical education and training.
- To act as a forum for the discussion of rural medical pedagogy and research, rural health, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health, student selection for rural training, rural community engagement and collaboration and other topics of mutual interest.
- To ensure all stages of medical education and research address the priority health care needs of rural, regional and remote Australia.
- To collaborate with relevant national organisations to facilitate and promote rural medical education e.g. the:
- Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM)
- Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP)
- Australian Rural Health Education Network (ARHEN)
- Medical Deans Australian and New Zealand (MDANZ)
- Australian Indigenous Doctors Association (AIDA)
- Health Workforce Australia (HWA)
- National Rural Health Alliance (NRHA).