See also: Benefits of becoming a Member

Extracted from the Memorandum and Articles of Association.

Eligibility for membership as Fellow

A person who:

  • is a registered health practitioner or dentist with the appropriate licensing authority in Australia, New Zealand, United Kingdom or other suitable licensing authority as deemed acceptable by the ACLM Censor-in-Chief and ACLM Council and must show confirmation of registration with their respective, and ACLM approved, licensing authority; and
  • holds a qualification in the field of legal or forensic medicine which the Council considers appropriate, being at least a bachelor’s degree or the equivalent in law or a master’s degree or equivalent in medical law, legal studies relevant to the practice of medicine or medical jurisprudence, master’s degree or equivalent in forensic medicine; and
  • has successfully completed an examination conducted by the College; and
  • has demonstrated to the satisfaction of the Council that he or she has completed at least 6 years of relevant clinical practice.

is eligible to apply for membership as a Fellow of the College.

Note: The requirement for a person to complete the examination may be waived if the Council thinks fit to do so.

A Fellow is entitled to claim his or her membership of the College as having specialist knowledge. If the Fellow is co-jointly qualified in medicine and law and practises in an area of legal medicine, the Fellow is entitled to use the postnominal “FACLM” to denote his or her status as having Specialist knowledge and experience in Legal Medicine (which includes the forensic medicine discipline for those qualified in forensic medicine).

Eligibility for membership as Member

A person who:

  • is a registered health practitioner or dentist with the appropriate licensing authority in Australia, New Zealand, United Kingdom or other suitable licensing authority as deemed acceptable by the ACLM Censor-in-Chief and ACLM Council and must show confirmation of registration with their respective, and ACLM approved, licensing authority; and
  • holds a graduate qualification in the field of law which the Council considers appropriate, being at least a graduate diploma or equivalent
    relevant to both medicine and law or medical jurisprudence or forensic medicine;
  • has successfully completed an examination conducted by the College; and
  • has demonstrated to the satisfaction of the Council that he or she has completed at least 3 years of relevant clinical practice.

is eligible to apply for membership as a Member of the College.

Note: The requirement for a person to complete the examination may be waived if the Council thinks fit to do so.

A member is not entitled to claim his or her membership of the College as denoting a specialist knowledge and experience, but may use the abbreviation "MACLM" after his or her name and primary qualifications to signify membership of the College.

All Members/Fellows of the College must complete the expert witness training program, basic law intensive and practical law intensive within two years of obtaining membership or their membership will lapse. Council may require these to  be completed prior to obtaining membership, or may choose to waive any or all of these course requirements should there be a substantive reason to do so.

Eligibility for membership as an Associate member

A person who:

  • is a registered health practitioner or dentist with the appropriate licensing authority in Australia, New Zealand, United Kingdom or other suitable licensing authority as deemed acceptable by the ACLM Censor-in-Chief and ACLM Council and must show confirmation of registration with their respective, and ACLM approved, licensing authority; and
  • is currently undertaking a graduate qualification relevant to the field of legal or forensic medicine; or
  • is currently practising in a field of medicine or dentistry which the Council considers relevant to the field of legal or forensic medicine.

is eligible to apply for membership as an Associate member of the College.

An Associate Member is not entitled to claim his or her membership of the College as denoting having specialist knowledge and experience, nor may any abbreviations be used after his or her name to signify membership of the College.

Eligibility for membership as an Affiliate member

A person who:

  • is a registered health practitioner, as defined by the Australian Health Practitioner Registration Agency, including nurses and physiotherapists, with the appropriate licensing authority, who has formal legal training or who work in the field of forensic or legal medicine, and who is not a registered medical or dental practitioner; or
  • is a registered legal practitioner.

is eligible to apply for membership as an Affiliate member of the College.

There is no College post-nominal to be used by Affiliates, and it is a non-voting category. Affiliates enjoy all other College privileges and opportunities.

Eligibility for membership as an Student member

A person who:

  • is a registered medical student with an ACLM approved university and is currently undertaking, or plans to undertake, a qualification relevant to the field of legal or forensic medicine.

There is no annual subscription fee for student members.

A student member does not have the right to vote, to nominate, or to hold office in the College. Students will not receive the Journal of Law and Medicine. Students otherwise enjoy all College privileges and opportunities.

Eligibility for membership as a Retired member

A person who:

  • has been a financial member of the College and has now reached retirement through age or ill health and wishes to continue association with the College.

Retired members continue to pay a reduced annual subscription fee as approved by the College Council.

A retired member does not have the right to vote, to nominate, or to hold office in the College. Retired members otherwise enjoy all College privileges and opportunities.

Other categories of membership

  • Members or those considered to have made extraordinary contributions to the College may be elected to the positions of either Honorary Fellowship or Life Fellowship of the College. These categories cannot be applied for, they are by invitation only.
  • Recommended Post Graduate or Diploma courses

    Melbourne University and Sydney University both offer a Masters in Health Law; Monash University offers a Masters of Forensic Medicine; and a number of universities offer courses in health law, forensics, and criminology at certificate and graduate diploma level.