Vocational Training in Musculoskeletal Medicine

There are two main training pathways.

A: General Practitioners with a Special interest in Musculoskeletal Medicine

B: Vocational Training/ Registrar posts

A: General Pracitioners with a Special Interest in Musculoskeletal Medicine

NZAMM is actively involved in Education of its members, other GPs, and allied Health Professionals in all aspects of Musculoskeletal Medicine. It is also responsible for training its members in manual medicine ( safe and where possible, evidence based hands-on assessment and treatment methods for musculoskeletal pain and dysfunction).

NZAMM is a Registered CME provider for the RNZCGP.

NZAMM is expanding its educational role for GP members. This will include:

  • Clinical mentoring- Fellows of the Faculty and Association have offered individual clinical support to GP members. This is and informal process, mostly conducted online or if necessary by phone.
  • Musculoskeletal Peer Review. Regular meetings are planned with one or two Fellows being present as required. The Association uses ZOOM meetings ( similar to skype) via the internet.
  • Practical workshops. These have been successsful in the past and more are planned.

At a national level there are a number of ongoing activities to which General Pracititioners are welcome including:

  • Annual Musculoskeletal conference ( alternately NZ and Australia. Associated with workshops and a “Retreat”)
  • AFMM Retreat Weekends three times a year. Much of the time on Retreat is spent on clinical discussion, peer review and case presentation. Members only.
  • Yearly Practical Workshop annually to enhance manual medicine  and rehabilitation skills.

To access these go to the Postgraduate Events page and approach the organisers http://musculoskeletal.nz/training-and-research/postgraduate-events-and-opportunities-for-gps/

Listed on another page of the website are the current members, their geographical location, and qualifications. From this database, it is possible to find the medical practitioners in your area involved in Musculoskeletal Medicine. Alternatively you can contact us at admin@musculoskeletal.nz.

B: Vocational Training/Registrar Posts

Musculoskeletal Medicine is recognized by the NZ Medical Council as a separate Branch of Medicine.

Musculoskeletal Medicine specialises in the management of painful musculoskeletal disorders arising from disease, degeneration or injury. It is based on a thorough knowledge of anatomy, biomechanics, neurobiology, relevant pathology, and psychological and social determinants of pain, particularly chronic pain. Musculoskeletal Physicians work primarily in the community in private practice or in community based District Health Board Clinics. This is a small speciality with room to grow. Any centre in New Zealand could easily accommodate, and would welcome, more practitioners. The speciality lends itself to those graduates seeking a “work/life” balance. Training is part time in the early stages, so having additional work-streams for income may be necessary. General Practice is an ideal prior experience for those intending to specialise in Musculoskeletal Medicine.

The NZAMM has a Memorandum of Understanding with the Australasian Faculty of Musculoskeletal Medicine (AFMM) to train medical practitioners for Vocational Registration as Musculoskeletal Physicians, oversee educational standards and coordinate re-certification activities administered through the Best Practice Advocacy Centre ( BPAC)

The Vocational Training Programme is for those Medical Practitioners who have decided to specialize in Musculoskeletal Medicine. It is is provided by the AFMM. Components can include hospital based Registrar Posts, working in Private Specialist Practices, completing a Masters in Pain Medicine and passing the Australasian Faculty of Musculoskeletal Medicine exam. There is no funding assistance under Health Workforce NZ for this training programme.

The New Zealand recognized vocational qualification is the Certificate of Attainment in Musculoskeletal Medicine (CAMM) awarded by NZAMM after the training programme is completed and usually follows the awarding of Fellowhip within the AFMM. For further information read the following Health Workforce New Zealand paper:


Alternatively you can contact us at admin@musculoskeletal.nz.

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