The ASLM Board announced the launch of the ASLM Fellowship in February 2016, along with a two year grand-parenting period which has since been extended for 12 months and will end on 28 February 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 undertaken from a clinical, public health, research or education perspective.
However, being a framework for industry based recognition, rather than a tertiary qualification, it offers considerable flexibility and cost control for candidates.
The Fellowship is conceptually based on a Masters degree in structure, utilising a similar 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.
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 28 February 2019, unless further extended by the board. This is considered unlikely.
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
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
Research, policy-related or clinical project
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
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)
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.