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Queensland Basic Paediatric Training Network

The network provides centralised recruitment, selection and allocation for doctors intending to commence their first or second year of basic paediatric training in Queensland.

The aim of the network is to improve access to training, broaden the clinical experience available to trainees and increase the capacity for basic paediatric training across Queensland and in Darwin.

Trainees remain on the network for the duration of their basic training subject to ongoing satisfactory performance.


The network supports and promotes paediatric education and training, including the Paediatric Written Examination Preparation Program (PWEPP) - a lecture series to support written exam candidates - and the Paediatric Clinical Examination Preparation Program (PCEPP) – an annual program to support  RACP paediatric clinical exam candidates.


The eligibility criteria for new applicants at time of application are:

Queensland Health must ensure that the recruitment of overseas professionals into clinical roles strengthens the regional economies through the engagement of skills that complement but do not replace the skills of the available local labour market. Only in the circumstance that an Australian applicant pool is insufficient to fill a skilled clinical vacancy may Queensland Health sponsor applicants from the overseas market. (HR policy B46, June 2020).

Information session

The network team held an information session via Zoom on Monday 16th May. Please view the presentation here and contact us for further information on

How to apply

Applicants must:

Other documents

Key dates

Application period: Monday 6 June to Monday 4 July 2022

Interviews: An interview is required for all shortlisted applicants. Interviews will be held virtually and further information will be provided to those shortlisted.

  • Saturday 6 August 2022
  • Monday 8 August 2022
  • Tuesday 9 August 2022

Selection Decision: by Friday 26 August 2022

Participating facilities

Training will be hosted primarily at:

  • Gold Coast University Hospital
  • Queensland Children’s Hospital
  • Townsville University Hospital

The network requires that all trainees rotate to an outer metropolitan or regional hospital for 12 month period during their 3 year pathway.

Network rotation examples

Network training hospitals

Queensland Paediatric Training Positions - 2023

Paediatric Network training positions allocated to new trainees per year (variable)
Network RotationBasic Paediatric Training
General Paediatric
Advanced Training Network
Neonatal Perinatal
Medicine Advanced
Training Network
Queensland Children's Hospital2314 
Townsville University Hospital (incl. Darwin)104 
Gold Coast University Hospital72 
Royal Brisbane & Women's Hospital
Mater Mothers' Hospital
Gold Coast University Hospital
Townsville University Hospital
Total paediatric training positions per year (variable)

The attached table indicates training positions available in paediatrics for basic trainees, general paediatric advanced trainees, neonatal and perinatal medicine advanced trainees, non RACP trainees and PHOs across Queensland training hospitals.


Network Medical Directors

  • Dr Vana Sabesan, Medical Vocational Training Pathways, Queensland Rural Medical Services
  • Dr Gavin Cleland, Medical Vocational Training Pathways, Queensland Rural Medical Services
  • Email:

Queensland Directors of Paediatric Education

Location Contact nameEmail
Queensland Children’s Hospital Dr Nitin Kapur
Queensland Children’s Hospital Dr Laura
Townsville University Hospital Dr Vanaja Sabesan
Gold Coast University Hospital Dr Tung Vu



Last updated: 13 March 2023