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Queensland Pathology Training Programs

Appointments to Queensland Pathology Training Programs are coordinated by the Medical Support Unit, Pathology Queensland (Health Support Queensland) in conjunction with Pathology Queensland’s State Directors and Coordinators of Education and Training.

Pathology recruitment is centralised by discipline/sub-specialty and not by facility. Training is accredited through the Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia (RCPA).

Pathology Queensland offers training in:

  • Anatomical Pathology
  • Chemical pathology
  • Forensic Pathology
  • Genetic Pathology
  • General Pathology
  • Immunopathology
  • Microbiology


To be eligible to apply for an advanced training position, applicants must:

Overseas trained specialists (OTS) must have full AMC accreditation. Overseas trained doctors and specialists who are not residing in Australia must hold an appropriate working visa.

Refer to the Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia (RACP) for further information on eligibility and accredited facilities.

All Australian and New Zealand citizens and applicants with permanent residency who are eligible for appointment will be offered before those with temporary visas.

Applicants who do not meet the eligibility criteria will not be considered.

How to apply

Applicants seeking a position should review the following information:

Participating facilities

Facilities cannot be preferenced in Pathology.

Trainees must be willing to undertake rotations across public and private facilities to ensure maximum exposure to training opportunities, and to access all of the relevant sections within their discipline.

Contributing public laboratories:

  • Forensic & Scientific Services (FSS)
  • Gold Coast University Hospital
  • Princess Alexandra Hospital
  • The Prince Charles Hospital
  • Royal Brisbane & Women’s Hospital
  • Sunshine Coast University Hospital
  • The Townsville Hospital

Contributing private laboratories:

  • Australian Red Cross Blood Service
  • Mater Pathology
  • QML Pathology
  • Sullivan Nicolaides Pathology
  • The University of Queensland

Interview, selection and offer dates

Applications will be evaluated and shortlisted based on eligibility, each discipline’s selection criteria and referee reports. Applicants who do not meet the eligibility criteria will not be considered.

Interviews will be held August and September and applicants will be notified by phone and email at least a week before.

Interviews will be undertaken by a panel of Pathology Directors or their representatives from public and private laboratories, with relevant Education & Training Coordinators. Panels usually consist of 3 to 7 members. Applicants are encouraged to attend the interview in person.

Successful applicants will be contacted either by a panel member, or Pathology Queensland. Successful applicants external to Queensland Health will be required to complete commencement documents before receiving a formal letter of offer, and terms and conditions. The successful applicant is required to sign the document advising that they have accepted the offer of employment. Unsuccessful applicants will be notified by Pathology Queensland upon completion of the recruitment process. Unsuccessful applicants who would like to request feedback can do so via the relevant panel Chair.


Medical Support Unit
Recruitment & Attraction | People Performance & Excellence
Health Support Queensland
Phone: (07) 3096 2055

Last updated: 12 May 2017