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The ASLM Fellowship

The ASLM Board announced the launch of the ASLM Fellowship in February 2016, along with a grand-parenting period which unless extended by the board, will end on 30 June 2019.

The ASLM Fellowship is arguably the first fully multidisciplinary fellowship in Australasia, open to all full members of the society – which means GPs and medical specialists, all other AHPRA registered practitioners, some degree qualified allied health professionals, public health professionals, and researchers and educators in lifestyle medicine related fields. Being a multidisciplinary fellowship means it can be seen from a clinical, public health, research or education perspective.

However, being a framework for peer based recognition, rather than a tertiary qualification, it offers considerable flexibility and cost control for candidates.

Conceptual framework

The Fellowship is conceptually based on a Masters degree in structure, 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 1440 points under the Fellowship framework to be awarded the Fellowship.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

Recognition of prior learning completed in the five years prior (10 years during the grand-parenting period) is available. For the purposes of RPL, qualifications older than this are considered 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 grand-parenting period where up to 1440 points (the full Fellowship) can be claimed.

It is expected that most Fellowship candidates will have significant claims for RPL. For example, post graduate qualifications in Lifestyle Medicine related areas (eg: nutrition and exercise sciences) are eligible for Fellowship points, as are seminars, workshops, conferences and other education, training and CPD related to Lifestyle Medicine.

Grand-parenting period

The introduction of the ASLM Fellowship is accompanied by a grand-parenting period, during which time RPL provisions are more generous. Grand-parent provisions will end on 30 June 2019, unless further extended by the board.

Eligibility

Eligibility for enrolment in the ASLM Fellowship mirrors eligibility for Full membership of the Society with the additional requirement of 3 years experience in a discipline consistent with Lifestyle Medicine, therefore eligibility requirements are:

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

Requirements

Fellowship candidates need to earn a total of 1440 points through a combination of:

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

Fellowship points can be earned in a number of ways with few fixed requirements except as described below:

  • Minimum of 480 points (4 units) of tertiary education in Lifestyle Medicine or RPL equivalent
  • Minimum of 240 points of ASLM provided education/training. This requirement cannot be waived through RPL, except during the grand-parenting period.
  • Demonstrated competency in at least five of the following domains central to Lifestyle Medicine:
    • Lifestyle Medicine fundamentals (compulsory)
    • Determinants of Chronic Disease
    • Pathophysiology of Chronic Disease
    • Processes in Lifestyle Medicine
    • Diet, nutrition and related sciences
    • Physical activity and related sciences
    • Behavioural approaches in Lifestyle Medicine
    • Psychosocial factors in Lifestyle Medicine
    • Self management in Lifestyle Medicine
    • Applications of Lifestyle Medicine in specific settings

Candidature/enrolment

Currently formal enrolment/candidature is not required.  Fellowship applicants can simply apply for RPL based on past education and training in the domains of Lifestyle Medicine and we will suggest where you can get any extra education needed to earn the necessary Fellowship points, eg: the Lifestyle Medicine Core Competencies (LMCC) course or the Avondale College Grad Cert and Grad Dip courses in Lifestyle Medicine.

However, as the grand-parenting period comes to an end, the Fellowship will move into a candidature/enrolment mode rather than an ‘RPL mode’ and there will be a requirement to formally enrol on a semester basis and to engage in:

  • Assignments, research/clinical audit project, or similar
  • Participation and hurdle tasks via our online learning platform
  • An online community of fellowship candidates
  • An exam to establish competency (as per Board Certification)

shutterstock_144197953_fellowship800More 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 grand-parenting period and any other questions you may have.