The ASLM Fellowship

The ASLM Fellowship the first fully multidisciplinary fellowship in Australasia, open to all full members of the Society. This means GPs and medical specialists, AHPRA registered practitioners, degree or masters qualified allied health professionals, public health professionals, and researchers and educators in Lifestyle Medicine related fields.

Being a multidisciplinary fellowship means it can be undertaken from a clinical, public health, research or education perspective. However being a framework for peer recognition and not a tertiary qualification, it provides considerable flexibility for candidates to earn or receive RPL for Fellowship points from education and training in the fields of their choice relating to Lifestyle Medicine, subject to meeting all other requirements.

Conceptual framework

The Fellowship is conceptually based on a Masters degree in structure and standard, utilising a model of 1440 nominal learning hours (eg: 12 tertiary units x 120 nominal learning hours each), meaning that fellowship candidates need to earn or receive RPL for 1440 points under the Fellowship framework to be awarded the Fellowship and use of the postnominals FASLM.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

RPL is available for education and training completed in the 10 years prior to applying for RPL. There is no recency requirement during the grandparenting period, however qualifications older than 10 years need to be ‘kept alive’ by virtue of regular practice, registration, affiliation, and continuing professional development in that field.

The maximum number of points that can be claimed by way of RPL is 960, except during the grandparenting period where up to 1440 points (the full Fellowship) can be claimed. There are other requirements relating to RPL in the Framework which are also waived in the grandparenting period.

It is expected that most Fellowship candidates will have significant claims for RPL. For example, tertiary level qualifications in Lifestyle Medicine related areas will be eligible for points, as will seminars, workshops, conferences and other education, training and CPD directly related to Lifestyle Medicine.

Grandparenting period

The introduction of the ASLM Fellowship in March 2016 was accompanied by a grandparenting period, during which time RPL provisions are more generous.

Grandparenting, RPL provisions and requirements for Fellowship were reviewed and amended by the board on 1 July 2019. Grandparenting under the current provisions is due to end on 31 March 2020.

The Framework will again be reviewed by the Board in early 2020 before a fifth and final year of grandparenting is made available from 1 April 2020 to 31 March 2021.

Eligibility

Eligibility for the ASLM Fellowship mirrors eligibility for full membership of the Society with the additional requirement of a minimum three years experience in a discipline applicable to Lifestyle Medicine (eg: clinician, public health professional, educator, researcher).

  • Full member of ASLM, eg: clinician, public health professional, researcher, educator
  • Bachelor degree or higher in a clinical, public health or related discipline
  • Appropriate registration, affiliation and good standing as required by field
  • 3 years experience in a discipline applicable with Lifestyle Medicine

Requirements

Fellowship can be earned by demonstrating competency in a number of the following areas:

  • Foundations/Core Competencies of Lifestyle Medicine. Examples of foundational courses include:
    • ACLM/ACPM Lifestyle Medicine Core Competencies Program Link
    • ACLM Foundations of Lifestyle Medicine Board Review Course Link
    • Doane University/EdX Lifestyle Medicine Professional Certificate Link
  • At least two of:
    • Diet, nutrition and related sciences
    • Physical activity and related sciences
    • Health behaviour change and coaching
  • At least three of:
    • Social and environmental determinants of health
    • Pathophysiology of chronic disease
    • Primary and secondary prevention
    • Emotional and mental health/wellbeing
    • Addictions and related disorders/exposures
    • Sleep health and related sciences
    • Positive psychology and connectedness
    • Culture, meaning and identity studies
    • Self-management of chronic disease
    • Clinical and practice processes
    • Specific applications of Lifestyle Medicine

Please note that competency in each of these domains can be demonstrated from a clinical, public health, education and/or research perspective.

More information on competencies and requirements is detailed in the Fellowship Framework document.

Fellowship points can be earned through a combination of:

  • Tertiary education
  • ASLM/ASLM Partner organisation delivered education/training
  • Third party delivered education/training
  • Authoring/publishing
  • Lecturing/presenting
  • Research, policy-related or clinical project
  • Supervision/mentoring
  • Logged practice
  • Self directed learning
  • Conducting peer review
  • Teaching, course co-ordination
  • Policy development or analysis
  • Other science, research, eg: PhD

More information on how to earn Fellowship points is available in the Fellowship Framework document.

Applying for RPL/enrolment in the Fellowship

Enroling in the Fellowship is simply a matter of submitting an application for RPL.

In addition to providing a formal assessment of RPL, this provides 6 months access to the Education Area of the ASLM website which contains information on Fellowship and Board Certification (for those who want to pursue Board Certification to earn Fellowship points), and links to courses and other educational resources for learning in Lifestyle Medicine. The Education Area is regularly updated with new information and resources.

It also provides access to our Education Coordinator who will assist you with earning Fellowship points.

Fees

As a not for profit multidisciplinary society, ASLM provides a low-cost pathway to Fellowship which should be accessible to all members. Fees payable to ASLM are nominal and can be broken down into parts.

  • Application for RPL and Fellowship $385 (members only)
    • This covers the initial RPL assessment, 6 months Fellowship candidature and access to the Education Area and Education Coordinator
  • A 6-monthly Fellowship re-enrolment cost of $165 for ongoing candidature and access to the Education Area and Education Coordinator
    • You can cancel the renewal payment and Education Area/Education Coordinator access at any time (this takes effect from the next renewal date)
    • We will cancel the renewal payment (but not access to the Education Area or Fellowship Community) when you gain Fellowship
  • RPL granted of $110 per 120 points or part thereof ($1320 for the full Fellowship)
    • This fee provides support for the individual Fellowship, as well as to support and develop the Fellowship program for all candidates in the future.

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More information

Prospective candidates are encouraged to email  or call 1300 673 643 to schedule a call with our Education Coordinator to discuss eligibility, recognition of prior learning, the grandparenting period and any other questions you may have.

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