Training and Research


Musculoskeletal Medicine is a Vocational branch of medicine regulated by the NZ Medical Council. The NZAMM, with the Australasian Faculty of Musculoskeletal Medicine (AFMM) and the University of Otago, is involved in training and educating doctors in Musculoskeletal Medicine.

The NZAMM, with the AFMM, works under the direction of the New Zealand Medical Council to ensure high standards of practice for those doctors in this vocational branch of medicine in NZ and is responsible for the accreditation and re-accreditation of Specialist Musculoskeletal Physicians in NZ. NZAMM and AFMM also  work to train General Practitioners with a Special Interest and Specialist Musculoskeletal Physicians.

Training in Musculoskeletal Medicine has a strong emphasis on Evidence Based Medicine. (Treatment choices based on the latest research). You can expect your specialist to understand the reliability and validity of clinical examination procedures, investigations and of the range of possible therapy and treatment options. He/ She should explain to you the options for treatment, how to get the best success from your treatment and the potential side effects of any treatment. Clinical hands-on assessment is an important component of Musculoskeletal training.

All doctors who practice Musculoskeletal Medicine have previously had an extensive background in General Practice, often as a Vocationally registered GP and some continue to practice as family doctors.

They then undertake four full time years of further training which includes the Post-Graduate Diploma in Musculoskeletal Medicine and selected practical experience before sitting a final theory and practical examination set by the Australasian Faculty of Musculoskeletal Medicine. Once a doctor has been assessed as able to practice as independent specialist Musculoskeletal Physician, the Medical Council confers vocational registration in Musculoskeletal Medicine.

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NZAMM members have been and continue to be involved in research and to keep up to date with the latest research. NZAMM at times provides grants towards musculoskeletal medicine research.