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Queensland Palliative Medicine Advanced Training Pathway

The Queensland Palliative Medicine Advanced Training Pathway manages applications for advanced trainee positions from eligible applicants undertaking either Palliative Medicine Advanced Training OR a Clinical Diploma of Palliative Medicine.

To ensure applications are considered by the Palliative Medicine Selection Committee, applicants MUST complete the preference section of the main RMO Campaign application correctly.


To become an advanced trainee in Palliative Medicine, you must meet all of the following requirements:

  • be a registered Medical Practitioner in Australia or New Zealand
  • have completed basic training through the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP) or hold a fellowship in one of the following Colleges or Faculties:
    • Anaesthetics (FRANZCA)
    • General Practice (FRACGP / FRNZCGP)
    • Joint Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine (FIJFICM)
    • Obstetrics and Gynaecology (FRANZCOG)
    • Pain Medicine (FFPMANZCA)
    • Psychiatry (FRANZCP)
    • Radiation Oncology (FRANZCR)
    • Rehabilitation Medicine (FAFRM)
    • Rural and Remote Medicine (FACRRM)
    • Surgery (FRACS)
  • have formal prospective approval of advanced training from the Palliative Medicine Education Committee (PMEC)(visit AChPM website for further information and to apply for prospective approval of training)

For applicants who are planning to sit the clinical exam in 2021

If you are planning to sit the RACP Divisional Clinical Examination (DCE) in 2021, wish to apply for a pathway/network AT position and be accepted as a provisional Advanced Trainee (pAT), you must meet the following requirements:

  • completed all other Basic Training requirements, including passing the Divisional Written Examination AND
  • plan to sit the DCE in 2021

For provisionally approved Advanced Trainees, if your attempt at passing the clinical exam in 2021 is unsuccessful, any training provisionally approved as 'conditional upon passing the Clinical Examination' will not be accepted as Advanced Training and you will revert to being a “continuation basic trainee.” For more information on provisional Advanced Training refer to the RACP website.

Other requirements

Diploma of Palliative Medicine

The Clinical Diploma in Palliative Medicine is a six month qualification designed to encourage medical practitioners to spend time in palliative medicine as part of their vocational training and continuing professional development.

Palliative Medicine Advanced Training

The Pathway was introduced to:

  • optimise training opportunities for Palliative Medicine in Queensland
  • improve linkage of trainee educational needs with available training experience including placement opportunities
  • improve access to key training experiences e.g. Cancer Care setting
  • enhance educational value of training by adopting a preferred rotation sequence structure
  • build on existing educational activities and improve quality of training in Palliative Medicine throughout Queensland.

How to apply

Applicants seeking an advanced training or diploma position should review the following information:

Participating facilities

Training placements are usually six months in duration, however in some cases may be up to 12 months. The following facilities and services are accredited for training and contribute to the integrated pathway.

Interview, selection and offer dates

The recruitment and selection process will comply with relevant Queensland Health policies including the principles of equal employment opportunity. All applications to the pathway will be reviewed by the Palliative Medicine Selection Committee. The committee uses assessment criteria to determine eligibility and suitability of applicants for appointment to pathway positions.

Interview notification: by COB Friday, 24 July 2020

Interview date: Thursday, 20 August 2020

Interview location: RACP QLD Unit 20, Level 3, Royal Brisbane Place 17 Bowen Bridge Road, Herston

Notification of offers: by COB Tuesday, 25 August 2020

Appointments (employment contracts) will be arranged by the facility at which the trainee is allocated. Continuation on the pathway will be subject to a satisfactory performance review.


All Palliative Medicine advanced training or Diploma enquiries, including position enquiries should be directed to:

Associate Professor Carol Douglas
Clinical Lead
Queensland Palliative Medicine Training Program

College training enquiries to the Australasian Chapter of Palliative Medicine (AChPM):

Australasian Chapter of Palliative Medicine (AChPM) Training
AChPM Education Officer
Ph: +61 2 8247 6296
Fax: +61 2 9256 9698

Last updated: 18 May 2020