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Queensland Palliative Medicine Advanced Training Pathway

As the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic continue to evolve, certain elements of the pathway selection processes and dates may change. Please check this website regularly for updates.

Palliative Medicine advanced training in Queensland offers a unique opportunity to gain knowledge, skills and experience in all facets of contemporary palliative medicine practice.

The Queensland Palliative Medicine Advanced Training Pathway is a centrally coordinated statewide program for doctors wishing to complete Palliative Medicine Advanced Training and the Clinical Diploma of Palliative Medicine in Queensland. A statewide approach to recruitment and rotation ensures that candidates will enjoy a rounded and complete training experience.

During their time on the Pathway, trainees are supported by a fortnightly statewide education program the Queensland Palliative Medicine Education Program, which covers topics guided by curricula, trainee needs and new developments.


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

  • be a registered Medical Practitioner in Australia
  • 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)

Provisional Advanced Training

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

  • Have 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.” This does not preclude you taking up the allocated position in 2022. For more information on provisional Advanced Training refer to the RACP website.

How to apply

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

Participating facilities

Interview, selection and offer dates

Application period: Monday 31 May – Monday 28 June 2021

Interview date: Thursday, 12 August 2021

Location: QLD RACP offices or Virtual Interview (TO BE CONFIRMED)

Interview process: Group interviews with the Directors (or delegates) of Palliative Care services

Selection process: Positions will be allocated primarily according to interview, CV, cover letter and where possible site preferences.

Other information:
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 Clinical Diploma enquiries, including position enquiries should be directed to:

Associate Professor Carol Douglas
Medical Lead
Queensland Palliative Medicine Training Program

Last updated: 4 May 2021