Frequently Asked Questions

GENERAL

Are ACNEM courses open to everyone?

The Foundations of Nutritional and Environmental modules are designed for medical doctors and allied health practitioners. Other ACNEM learning modules are designed for those who have completed the Foundation modules, however there is no restriction on medical doctors and other health professionals completing learning modules, either face-to-face or online, independently. Anyone wanting to participate should apply, as applications are considered individually.

What are the benefits of the ACNEM training to non-doctors?

The ACNEM Foundation and other learning modules cover the principles and application of nutritional and environmental medicine, including clear and concise information on nutritional requirements in various disease states, as well as much nutritional physiology invaluable in all therapies.

Can I train with ACNEM to become a nutritionist or dietician?

ACNEM offers postgraduate courses only. We suggest that if you haven't studied nutrition before and you are not a registered health professional already, you enroll in a tertiary course in nutrition or naturopathy and then do the ACNEM postgraduate training to learn more about nutritional medicine.

What is the scientific basis for ACNEM's training?

All of the College's training is soundly based on available evidence from the scientific medical literature, as well as on the clinical experience of the lecturers and the Faculty members.

What diseases and conditions can be treated using Nutritional & Environmental Medicine?

Almost all diseases and disease states have a nutritional component and are therefore amenable in part at least to this approach.

What modalities are practiced by ACNEM trained practitioners?

The College trains medical and health practitioners in the use of Nutritional & Environmental Medicine. However, many of our practitioners are trained in a range of other modalities, taught by other colleges; e.g. acupuncture, herbal medicine, etc.

What remedies are used by ACNEM practitioners?

ACNEM practitioners use a large range of remedies, suited to the patient and the symptoms they are treating.

FELLOWSHIP

Am I eligible to enrol in the Fellowship pathway?

The requirement for enrolment in the ACNEM Fellowship is the same as eligibility for ACNEM professional or associate membership. That is, medical doctors, dentists and healthcare professionals registered with the Australian Health Practitioners Registration Agency (AHPRA), the Medical Council of New Zealand (MCNZ) and the Dental Council of New Zealand (DCNZ); other health care professionals who hold a relevant Bachelor Degree in their field of expertise.  

 

Doctors, dentists and healthcare professionals registered and practising outside of Australia or New Zealand must provide copies of qualifications, evidence of current medical/dental registration to practice or current full practicing member status with a professional body recognised as ACNEM as applicable, and certified translations, where required. 

How long do I have to complete each level of the Fellowship?

Each level must be completed within three years, so six years in total. After this time your Fellowship enrolment will lapse.

Can I apply ACNEM Modules completed prior to enrolment into the Fellowship to the Fellowship?

Yes. ACNEM training that has been completed in the previous 10 years are recognised. These modules must have completed predisposing and reflective activities. If it’s been longer than 5 years since you completed the training, it is worth considering repeating the module for your own benefit. There has been a lot of changes and evolution in the education in this space. We offer a 50% discount on any module you would like to repeat.

Can I get Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for similar modules run by different organisations?

No. However training you have completed in other organisations may be applied as Continuing Professional Education (CPE) points but does not replace the required ACNEM Modules. Please contact us to find out if the training you have completed is applicable for CPE.

A hurdle requirement of completing ACNEM Certified is completing 30 CPE points of NEM. What is the 30 points of CPE equivalent to?

CPE points make up of equivalent 2 points per hour In-person training or 1 point per online learning. Candidates must record and submit 30 points of CPE as a hurdle requirement. Varying activities can be counted as CPE include attending face-to-face training (equivalent 2 points per hour) or online learning (1 point per hour) [up to a maximum of 10 hours]. This includes elective face to face training and online learning modules. 

 
Other activities that count towards CPE include conferences, webinars, formal study pathways, authoring, mentoring and presenting at seminars/ webinars, including at ACNEM events. ACNEM requires all candidates to submit their completed CPE logbook via the Online Learning portal (not via email) for tracking purposes. Candidates have a maximum of three years to complete this hurdle requirement.

How can I be recognised as having completed this additional training by my peers, patients and industry?

Once Fellowship is gained you can use and advertise the post nominals FACNEM. ACNEM will recognise your Fellowship status by announcing it in our quarterly journal. You are also eligible to be listed on our Find-A-Practitioner Listing on ACNEM’s website.

Can I enrol in just one level of the Fellowship?

No, there is only one enrolment fee associated with Fellowship.

What is the administration fee and what does it cover?

The administration fee is $1,760 (member), $1,980 (non-member). The fee covers the development of the material i.e. online quizzes, the management of the learners completing the Fellowship pathway and the management with the education committee. It also covers keeping the online portal up to date with videos and resources by the education team, support from ACNEM team and Community of Practice support via regular webinars.

How do I record the logged clinical consultations and written case studies?

Once you have paid for the administration fee you will be added into an online portal where you will have access to the templates and are able to submit your assessments.

How do I prepare for the online quiz and viva voce exam?

Enrolment into the ACNEM Fellowship pathway provides you with access to the relevant level’s online learning pages which contain resources featuring training videos and related reading to assist with content revision. Three-year enrolment is provided.

Do I have to complete the online quizzes set at each level?

Yes. The written online tests must be successfully completed before attempting the Viva examination.

Why are the quizzes being added to the levels when they weren’t there before?

We are removing all quizzes from the modules and reshaping them as self-knowledge check questions, making them less intimidating and more interactive.

What is involved for the viva voce exam?

The administration fee for the viva voce is $300. The viva voce exam is conducted by 2 ACNEM Fellows. You can complete the viva voce face to face or online. You will be presented with a written case study and have 10 minutes to review this case. You will then have 25 minutes to discuss the case study with the examiners.

What if I fail the viva voce exam?

If you make an unsuccessful attempt at the viva, you are entitled to re-enrol in the program for the price of a one-month extension fee ($165) to revise content before attempting the viva exam again. For each attempt at the viva voce examination, a new registration must be made, and the relevant examination fee paid. Candidates will have a maximum of three attempts at each of the two online quizzes and the viva voce.  If you are unsuccessful on the third attempt, you may be considered for removal from the FACNEM pathway.  

 

We will also be in contact with you after each attempt at the viva to see what support we can provide you during this time.

What support do ACNEM offer during the Fellowship pathway?

You will have exclusive access to a private ACNEM member Facebook group. You will also have support from the ACNEM education team and staff at ACNEM that are available to you if you have any questions during the Fellowship. 

 

ACNEM also offer a free Community of Practice (COP) to support Fellowship pathway candidates. The COP aims to provide general practitioners and allied health practitioners a structured and moderated platform for follow up questions that were not able to be attended to in the ACNEM training and/or that have emerged as they start applying their new knowledge and skills in integrative medicine to their daily practice. Run quarterly, these sessions are co-chaired by Rachel Arthur and are designed to build a community that offers you support and motivation throughout your Fellowship

On completing the Fellowship would I still bill Medicare or non-Medicare?

This depends on the practitioner and the individual case. Doctors who have completed Fellowship are either working in integrative clinics or mainstream general practice and would mostly be still billing Medicare for consultations. Please keep in mind, if you’re completing longer consultations it does get a bit more complicated and we recommend seeking individualised advice in this area. This question is also covered in more detail in the ACNEM webinar ‘Integrative Practice: What you need to know’ with Dr Nadine Perlen.

Do I need to maintain a current ACNEM membership?

Yes. Current membership must be maintained to hold Fellowship.