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Queensland Palliative Medicine Advanced Training Pathway

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 have access to 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, new developments and is delivered by content experts.

Entry Requirements

RACP Basic Trainees

Adult Medicine and Paediatrics & Child Health streams:

  • completed RACP Basic Training, including Written and Clinical Examinations
  • a current medical registration
  • eligible to be appointed to an appropriate Advanced Training position

Already a Fellow

Adult Medicine stream only:

You can apply to enter Advanced Training in Palliative Medicine if you:

  • hold a Fellowship from an eligible medical college
  • have a current medical registration
  • eligible to be appointed to an appropriate Advanced Training position

Fellows from all RACP's Divisions (AMD and PCHD), Faculties (AFOEM, AFPHM and AFRM) and Chapters (AChAM, AChPM, AChSHM and CCCH) are eligible to apply. Other medical colleges eligible are:

New and current trainees need to apply for Advanced Training each year through the RMO Campaign.

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 6 June – Monday 4 July 2022

Interview date: Wednesday 17 August 2022

Location: Virtual interview

Interview process: An interview is required for all shortlisted Advanced Trainees. The interview panel will comprise of a Director or delegate for the Director from each HHS or private palliative care service in Qld.

Allocation of Registrars to their training site rotations is decided at an allocation meeting with a panel comprising Directors from all training sites in Queensland. All Queensland training sites are actively involved in the recruitment and interview process.

Selection process: First year positions will be allocated primarily according to ranking at interview, CV, cover letter and where possible site preferences. Allocation of positions will be given in order as to the following:

  • Continuing Trainees Year 2 and Year 3 (will have a brief interview prior to allocation);
  • 1st Year Advanced Trainees in Palliative Medicine;
  • Diploma candidates;
  • Other medical officers.

Please note that Diploma applicants will not be interviewed. Selection of Diploma candidates is based on RMO Campaign application.

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.

Notification of offers: Late August


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: 16 May 2022