• Occupational and environmental medicine

Occupational and environmental medicine

Summary

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Occupational medicine takes a preventative approach to health and safety in the workplace by looking at how a work environment can affect a person’s health and how a person’s health can affect their work.

Environmental medicine is primarily concerned with the human health impacts of industrial practices on the broader environment outside of the industrial site.

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 Occupational and environmental medicine .

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20–40 hours/week
average time worked
$124,706/year
average salary
3.5 years Advanced Training years
min full time
GP sub-specialty
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Occupational and environmental medicine
The Royal Australasian College of Physicians, Australasian Faculty of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (RACP)
   
Occupational medicine takes a preventative approach to health and safety in the workplace by looking at how a work environment can affect a person’s health and how a person’s health can affect their work.

Environmental medicine is primarily concerned with the human health impacts of industrial practices on the broader environment outside of the industrial site.
https://www.racp.edu.au/trainees/advanced-training/advanced-training-programs/occupational-and-environmental-medicine
$3,426
20–40
38/62
9
3.5 years Advanced Training
Undersubscribed
89
Yes
See below for GP entry
Entering the program
The occupational and environmental medicine (OEM) training program has a basic stage (stage A) and two advanced stages (stages B and C). Entry to the program may occur at the beginning of the basic stage (stage A) or at the beginning of the first advanced stage (stage B).

Eligibility to enter the training program at stage A
The applicant must meet all of the following basic entry criteria to be accepted to enter the OEM training program as a stage A trainee, with commencement of training on 1 January or 1 July each year. To apply for stage A trainees must have:
- General medical registration with the Medical Board of Australia (if undertaking training in Australia) or medical registration with general scope of practice with the Medical Council of New Zealand (if undertaking training in New Zealand)
- Completed at least two full-time years of postgraduate general clinical experience
- Applied for (with the intent of enrolling in and continuing) or completed an appropriate postgraduate course at diploma level or above in occupational and environmental health or a related field deemed appropriate by the overseeing committee
- An accredited position of employment that requires on average no less than 20 hours of occupational and environmental medicine practice per week
- Reached an agreement with an OEM Fellow to be the trainee's educational supervisor and have had this approved by the relevant regional training program director
- Not been involuntarily discontinued due to failure to progress from any college training program

Eligibility to enter the training program at stage B
To be eligible to enter the training program at stage B, the applicant must meet the basic entry requirements and provide adequate evidence of comparable abilities or achievements (below) for consideration by the overseeing committee. Applicants must:
- Have completed an advanced life support (ALS) course and provided a certificate of completion to the faculty office; and
- Have completed stage A of the OEM training program as evidenced by fulfilment of all the assessment requirements; or
- Have completed a divisional basic training program and passed the RACP written and clinical examinations; or
- Have completed modules 1 and 2 of the training course of the Australasian Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine; or
- Hold Fellowship of either The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners or The Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners

The allocation of a trainee to a stage depends upon the criteria that they meet. It does not directly or necessarily relate to the nature of the work that they do or to the learning objectives that they add to their learning plan. For example, a trainee in stage A is likely to undertake certain work or to attend a course that advances his or her knowledge or skills to the standard of stage B. Such overlap is a natural consequence of the opportunistic nature of learning in this specialty. Thus trainees are allocated to a single stage. A trainee in stage A is one who is yet to satisfy the criteria for entry to stage B. A trainee in stage A may indeed add a small number of stage B learning.
See details in 2017–18 Program Requirements Handbook.
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.
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$124,706
For more information visit https://www.racp.edu.au/become-a-physician/membership-fees

Written exams
- AFOEM stage A: $1,820
- AFOEM stage B: $1,820

Clinical exam
- AFOEM stage B: $2,723
$6,363
Program requirements overview - Stage A: The basics (minimum 12 months)
- Stage B: Learning the ropes (minimum 24 months)
- Stage C: Approaching consultancy (minimum 6 months)

Content
- Occupational and environmental medicine training curriculum
- Professional qualities curriculum supervision
- 1 Training Program Director (TPD) for the relevant state/region
- 1 educational supervisor (either FAFOEM or specialist in occupational and environmental medicine)
- A stage C trainee assisting the educational supervisor (not essential)
- Participation in relevant tertiary qualifications
- Continued employment for a minimum of 20 hours of occupational medicine practice per week

Per 6-month period:
- 1 learning needs analysis (including self-evaluation)
- 1 training status report
- Attend a minimum of 3 regional training meetings

Assessment
Per 6-month period:
- 2 mini clinical evaluation exercises
- Present at a minimum of 1 regional training meeting
- 1 direct observation of field skills
- 1 case-based discussion

To conclude stages A, B and C:
- Written examination
- Advanced life support course
- Complete relevant tertiary qualifications
- Practical examination
- Research project
- Ramazzini presentation
- Written communications portfolio
- Attend 2 annual training meetings
Applications are due mid-February.
2 or post-fellowship entry

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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