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Queensland Public Health Medicine Training Program

Public Health Medicine is a medical specialty primarily concerned with the health and care of populations. Physicians interested in Public Health Medicine train in both clinical medicine and public health. Advanced Training in Public Health Medicine provides a depth of specialty training under supervision to prepare trainees for independent practice as consultants and the development of trainees is overseen by the Faculty Education Committee in Public Health Medicine (FEC). For further information see the Australasian Faculty of Public Health Medicine.

Queensland Health advertises funded full-time positions, managed by the Metro North Public Health Unit, via the RMO campaign each year. Priority is given to existing Queensland Health Public Health Registrars in good standing who are continuing their training in 2023. Registrars will be required to negotiate their placements with supervisors within the Queensland Health accredited training network under the guidance of their faculty-recognised mentor and gain approval from the Public Health Physician, Metro North Public Health Unit.

Advanced Training in Public Health Medicine Program Requirements Handbook


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

  • current general medical registration with the Medical Board of Australia.
  • minimum of three years post-graduate medical experience, including at least one year of clinical experience in addition to your internship.
  • completed a Masters of Public Health (MPH) (or equivalent) that satisfies the five Australasian Faculty of Public Health Medicine (AFPHM) compulsory core discipline areas.

How to apply

To apply for a training position, applicants must review and adhere to the following information:

Participating facilities

Placements are within the Queensland Health accredited training network:

  • Public health units in:
    • Cairns
    • Townsville
    • Rockhampton
    • Wide Bay
    • Sunshine Coast
    • Metro North
    • Metro South
    • Toowoomba
    • West Moreton
    • Gold Coast
  • Inala Indigenous Health Service
  • Branches of the Department of Health:
    • Preventive Health Branch
    • Health Protection Branch
    • Communicable Diseases Branch
    • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Branch
  • University departments by negotiation:
    • UQ School of Public Health
    • QUT Australian Centre for Health Services Innovation (AusHSI)
    • Griffith Rural Clinical School
  • Health and Wellbeing Queensland (by negotiation)

Interview, selection and offer dates

The recruitment and selection process will comply with relevant Queensland Health policies including the principles of equal employment opportunity.

The Public Health Physician, Metro North Public Health Unit, who chairs the Public Health Medicine Training Committee, will chair the selection process.

Preference for these temporary positions is given to existing AFPHM advanced trainees in good standing who require further training time. In the event of a position becoming available for new trainees, the committee uses AFPHM eligibility criteria to determine suitability of applicants for appointment to pathway positions within Queensland Health.

Should more than one eligible applicant apply in this circumstance, a panel of Committee members will convene to merit list the eligible applicants. This panel will consider application documents including CV, 2-page response to selection criteria and referee reports, and proceed to panel interview if a clear merit order cannot be reached based on the application documents alone.

  • Notification of interview (if required): by 25 July 2022
  • Pathway applicant interviews (if required): 29 July 2022
  • Applicants notified of selection: by 8 August 2022
  • Acceptance notification required: by 15 August 2022



Dr Megan Young
Public Health Physician
Metro North Public Health Unit
Bryden Street, WINDSOR 4030
Locked Bag 2

Phone: (07) 3624 1111
Fax:     (07) 3624 1199

Training requirements

Australasian Faculty of Public Health Medicine (FAFPHM)
Dr Penny Hutchinson
AFPHM Qld Regional Education Co-ordinator
Phone: (07) 3818 4700

Last updated: 13 April 2023