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Neonatal and perinatal medicine


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The practice of neonatal/perinatal medicine involves the treatment of newborn infants at all levels of care, from healthy newborns to those who require special and intensive care.

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36–40 hours/week
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3 years Basic Training + 3 years Advanced Training years
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Neonatal and perinatal medicine
The Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP)
The practice of neonatal/perinatal medicine involves the treatment of newborn infants at all levels of care, from healthy newborns to those who require special and intensive care.
3 years Basic Training + 3 years Advanced Training
Entry requirements for Advanced Training in Neonatal and perinatal medicine through RACP:
- Completion of RACP Basic Physician Training, including the RACP Written and Clinical Examinations
- Current Medical registration
- Appointment to an appropriate Advanced Training position
Entry requirements for RACP Basic Training:
- 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 if applying in New Zealand;
- Have satisfactorily completed at least one intern year (post graduate year one); Be employed by an accredited training hospital or health services (where you will do your Basic Training);
- Discuss your application and receive approval to apply for Basic Training from the hospital (or network) Director of Physician Education (DPE)*. Approval of the DPE is subject to selection processes, training capacity and/or performance of the prospective trainee.

For more details visit: college website.
Applications are made online via the
college website.
NB: Registration with the RACP does not mean that you are automatically on a training network and you should refer to the state-based websites regarding employment.
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
$4,543 basic training + advanced training (enquire with RACP)
Requires 36 months (three years) of full-time equivalent training under the supervision of a practising neonatal/perinatal specialist at an accredited training site. Includes work-based assessments and teaching and learning requirements as outlined in the Neonatal/Perinatal Medicine 2017-2018 Handbook.

Program requirements overview:
- Core training (minimum 24 months)
- Non-core training (maximum 12 months)

- Neonatal/perinatal medicine advanced training curriculum
- Professional qualities curriculum
- Supervision per rotation: 1 supervisor with FRACP (a second supervisor who may or may not have FRACP)

Teaching and learning requirements
Per year:
- 2 learning needs analyses
- 2 professional qualities reflection (recommended)

Per rotation:
- 1 supervisor’s report per year
- 6 case-based discussions
- 6 direct observations of procedural skills per rotation
- 1 supervisor’s report (per rotation)

By the end of advanced training
36 months of certified training time consisting of:
- 24 months of core training in neonatal/perinatal medicine training including:
◦ 18 months in perinatal centre
◦ 6 months in a centre with major surgery
- 12 months of non-core training
- 2 Projects:
◦ 1 research project
◦ 1 neonatal/perinatal medicine project (for trainees commencing training in 2017 onwards)
◦ 2 neonatal/perinatal medicine projects (for trainees who commenced training before 2017)
- 3 logbooks:
◦ neonatal emergency transport services (NETS) (completion of a minimum of 25 retrievals)
◦ Follow-up activities (documenting experience in aspects of long-term follow-up)
◦ Procedures (completion of required procedures)
- Developmental and psychosocial training
Applications to commence training close in January (or August for mid-year applications).
2 – Advanced training entry after completion of basic training

NB: Salary figures, working hours, undersubscribed and oversubscribed can vary greatly depending on various factors including but not limited to geographic location, private or public practice. MedVersus provides an Australia wide overview. For information specific to your needs we encourage you to discuss further with the relevant colleges/associations. For feedback/information to keep the site up to date please contact us by email: media@gptq.qld.edu.au

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