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Neonatal and perinatal medicine


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.
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

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