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Fellowship manual

Approved by the National Education Committee of the ACHSM

Alternative pathway application form

The information contained in this application will be kept strictly confidential.

Fellowship alternative pathway payment form

Successful applicants will also receive $100 discount on the applicable Congress registration.

Fellow endorsement letter

The information contained in this application will be kept strictly confidential.

Branch endorsement letter

The information contained in this application will be kept strictly confidential.

IMPORTANT NOTICE: You must be a Certified Health Manager (CHM) to apply for the ACHSM Fellowship Program by examination

Fellowship is the highest level of recognition and membership within ACHSM. Attaining Fellowship demonstrates the attainment of significant health leadership and management competencies. At the ACHSM May 2024 Board Meeting, the Board considered a recommendation to require that members who wish to undertake Fellowship by examination should complete the Certification Program prior to applying to undertake Fellowship by examination. This recommendation was approved by the Board for implementation from the 2025 Fellowship by examination cohort intake.

Applications for the 2024 Fellowship program are now closed

Fellowship is the highest membership category awarded in the College. It is a significant professional achievement and is awarded by the College to those individuals who have demonstrated to their peers that they have the knowledge, attitudes, conceptual and communication skills to be recognised as senior managers and leaders in the health and aged care industries. Fellowship within the ACHSM is recognised both nationally and internationally and it demonstrates an ongoing commitment to excellence in health service management.

Fellows provide leadership across the spectrum of public, private and not for profit organisations, in the areas of acute, primary and long term care, and health improvement. Fellows are engaged in the areas of tertiary education and research, policy development and government service, professional services and project management. The awarding of Fellowship to a College member recognises the commitment to research, continuing professional development and learning, and application of knowledge in health services management they demonstrate.

Fellowship candidature and examination

Following acceptance into the Fellowship Program, the expectations are that Candidates participate in Study Groups as part of the Fellowship process. The process of candidature has many benefits including:

  • Consolidating previous learning and experience.
  • Providing Candidates with a forum for debate and improving their knowledge relating to current leadership, policy and management issues in health and aged care.
  • Demonstrating a high level of commitment as a professional health and aged care leader and manager.
  • Peer learning, mentorship and development.
  • Demonstrating a commitment to excellence, professional development, and the ongoing evolution of the profession.

    The Fellowship examination is a peer review process designed to enable the Candidate to demonstrate their competencies about contemporary health and aged care issues. In particular, it assesses the competencies in leadership and management and focuses on the ’Candidates' communication skills to the level that the College recognises are those of a senior health and aged care and community leader and manager. The candidature and examination are designed to be practical, efficient, and cost-effective for the Candidates, examiners, and the College. The broad requirements to become a Fellow of ACHSM are set out in the ACHSM Constitution and Rules.


ACHSM is pleased to accept applications for the Fellowship Program via the prescribed form. Please direct any enquiries to the Chief Examiner or the Fellowship Program Manager by phoning 02 8753 5111 or emailing fellowship@achsm.org.au.

Cost of Fellowship candidature

1. The cost of the Fellowship Program is $1995 (and this includes Full registration, Congress Registration, and the Fellows Dinner. Note that Congress Registration includes the full Congress program, all social events such as the Welcome Reception and Congress Dinner, and the Fellows-only Dinner).

2. If you cancel or withdraw, the refund policy is set out below:

Self-assessment for current members

College members can complete the ACHSM Master Health Service Competency Framework self-assessment FREE OF CHARGE.
NOTE: The online self-assessment facility is currently undergoing an urgent technical adjustment due to our recent website redesign. Members who wish to still undertake it in the meantime can click on the link below to request individual access.

RACMA dual recognition

If you are a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Medical Administrators (RACMA) you may be able to be accepted as a Fellow of ACHSM. The ACHSM Board agreed (at its meeting on 28/01/2015) that the RACMA was a similar organisation to ACHSM for the purpose of Rule 10.9.2 of the Rules under the Constitution of the College. To become Fellows of the ACHSM, fellows of the RACMA must complete the following steps.

Step 1 - ACHSM membership

Join ACHSM as an Associate Fellow (if you are not already an Associate Fellow).

Step 2 – application for advancement

Download the ACHSM/RACMA Fellowship Advancement application form and attach the following information:

Return this form, and attachments, as one PDF document via email to: fellowship@achsm.org.au

In the subject line of your email: ACHSM Fellowship advancement application form for RACMA Fellows. 

Applicants will be advised within 60 days of receipts of all the above information of their acceptance as a Fellow and details for receiving their Fellowship.

For information please email Alison McCann or call 02 8753 5111.

Reading lists

The 2023 reading lists will be approved in early 2023 and will be accessible on the Griffith University Portal once your application has been approved and you have been issued with an S number from Griffith University. (see Fellowship landing page, scroll to bottom).The Certification program supports our mission to "develop, equip and support high-performing health, community and aged care leaders to deliver quality services and improve community health and wellbeing".

Study coordinators

Christopher Hastie FCHSM CHE (NSW)

Paul White FCHSM CHE (NSW)

Diana Peers FCHSM CHE (NSW)

Sarah McGill FCHSM CHE (NSW)

Anneke Fitzgerald LMFCHSM CHE (QLD)

Dr Jennifer Kosiol FCHSM CHE (QLD)

Colin Hackwood FCHSM CHE (VIC/TAS)

Margaret Way FCHSM CHE (VIC/TAS)

Elizabeth Rowhedder FCHSM CHE (WA)

Kerry Winsor FCHSM CHE (WA)

Karen Gullick FCHSM (WA)

Karen Horsley FCHSM CHE (WA)

Ben Noteboom FCHSM CHE (WA)

Suzanne Delaney FCHSM CHE (SA)

Pieter Walker FCHSM CHE (NT)






Chief Examiner (Examinations)

Richard Olley FCHSM CHE

Chief Examiner (International and Alternative Pathway)


Assistant Chief Examiner (Academic Readings)

Sheree Llyod FCHSM CHE

Fellowship Program Coordinator

Alison McCann