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Addiction Medicine

Summary

Addiction medicine is the comprehensive care of people with a wide range of addiction disorders, including drug and alcohol addiction and pharmaceutical dependency. Addiction medicine physicians work collaboratively with a multidisciplinary team of clinicians to improve health outcomes for patients.

GPs can practice with a sub-specialty; this allows them to focus on a particular area of medical interest. See below for further information on the training requirements for a sub-specialty in Addiction Medicine .

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36 - 40 hours/week
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$194,265 - $255,974/year
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3 years Basic Training or post fellowship + 3 years Advanced Training years
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Addiction medicine
The Australasian Chapter of Addiction Medicine, Royal Australasian Chapter of Addiction Medicine (RACP)
   
Addiction medicine is the comprehensive care of people with a wide range of addiction disorders, including drug and alcohol addiction and pharmaceutical dependency. Addiction medicine physicians work collaboratively with a multidisciplinary team of clinicians to improve health outcomes for patients.
https://www.racp.edu.au/trainees/advanced-training/advanced-training-programs/addiction-medicine
$3,426 per training year
36 - 40
45/55
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3 years Basic Training or post fellowship + 3 years Advanced Training
Undersubscribed
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Trainees need to complete an addiction medicine elective, which is available through several registrar training organisations. Check with your registrar training provider for offerings.
There are two pathways of entry into Advanced Training in Addiction Medicine. Both pathways require appointment to an appropriate Advanced Training position at a suitable training site and current medical registration.

Completion of RACP Basic Training
New trainees can apply for Advanced Training after completing Basic Training, including passing the Divisional Written and Clinical Examinations. They must have current medical registration and appointment to an appropriate Advanced Training position at a suitable training site.

Fellowship of a College, Faculty or another Chapter
Trainees may apply to enter Advanced Training in Addiction Medicine after obtaining Fellowship of another College (e.g. Royal Australasian College of General Practitioners) and appointment to an appropriate Advanced Training position at a suitable training site. Trainees must be a Fellow of one of the following colleges/faculties/chapters:
- Anaesthetics (FANZCA);
- Emergency Medicine (FACEM);
- General Practice (FRACGP or FRNZCGP);
- Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (FACRRM);
- Internal Medicine (FRACP);
- Paediatrics and Child Health (FRACP);
- Pain Medicine (FFPMANZCA);
- Psychiatry (FRANZCP);
- Public Health Medicine (FAFPHM);
- Rehabilitation Medicine (FAFRM).

In the case of overseas trained specialists (including general practitioners), you need to have a qualification considered equivalent by the relevant Australasian medical college or have completed basic training of the RACP (including success in the FRACP examination).

See RACP website, RACP website, Addiction Medicinehere for further details.
For Basic Training with RACP:
- Complete a medical degree accredited by the Australian Medical Council (AMC) or Medical Council of New Zealand (MCNZ)
- Have a general medical registration with the Medical Board of Australia, or a medical registration with a general scope of practice with the MCNZ
- Have satisfactorily completed at least an intern year (post graduate year one)
- Be employed by an accredited hospital (where you will do your Basic Training)
- Discuss your application and receive approval from the site (or network) Director of Physician Education (DPE)

Applicants need to apply online through the college website: https://www.racp.edu.au/trainees/advanced-training/apply-to-start-advanced-training/
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$194,265 - $255,974
Varies depending on pathway.

Basic training written exam: $1,820
Basic training clinical exam: $2,723

Advanced training For more information visit https://www.racp.edu.au/become-a-physician/membership-fees
Varies depending on pathway. $4,543 basic training + advanced training (enquire with RACP)
Advanced training in Addiction Medicine requires 36 months (three years) of full time equivalent training under the supervision of a practising addiction medicine physician at an accredited training site.

Trainees complete 18 months' core training, 18 months' non-core training and multiple hospital rotations.

Assessment consists of 2 case-based discussions per year and 2 projects:
1 research project
1 public health workbook

Observed patient interviews
1 case history
Completion of addiction medicine online modules (recommended)
Applications for Advanced training in Addiction Medicine are due in February, or August for mid-year entry.
Post-fellowship or RACP basic training

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