• Otolaryngology (Head/Neck)

Otolaryngology (Head/Neck)


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Otolaryngologists treat conditions and diseases associated with the ears, nose and throat.

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36–40 hours/week
average time worked
$200,136- $445,939 /year
average salary
5+ years
min full time
GP sub-specialty
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Otolaryngology (Head/Neck)
Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS)
Otolaryngologists treat conditions and diseases associated with the ears, nose and throat.
To become a surgeon, a doctor must first complete a medical degree and gain general medical registration in Australia or New Zealand. This usually involves one to two years working and training in a clinical setting, usually in a hospital. The earliest point at which a doctor may apply to enter the RACS surgical education and training (SET) program is during the second postgraduate year (PGY2) after university, when internship has been completed.

If a doctor’s application to enter SET is successful, they will train in one of the nine surgical specialties under the auspices of RACS. This training occurs primarily in public hospitals and usually takes between four and seven years, depending on the specialty.
Upon successful completion of SET, a trainee can become a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (FRACS) and will be accredited to practise independently as a consultant surgeon.
Generic eligibility requirements for selection into the SET program

Any person wishing to register for selection into the SET program of one (or more) of the surgical specialties must fulfil all of the generic eligibility criteria at the time of registration, whilst being prepared to meet the eligibility criteria for the specific specialty (or specialties) during the next stage of selection.

The generic eligibility requirements that apply across all nine specialties are:
- To have permanent residency or citizenship of Australia or New Zealand at the time of registration
- To have general (unconditional) registration in Australia or general scope or restricted general scope registration in the relevant specialty in New Zealand
- To have successfully completed the RACS-specified hand hygiene learning module from Hand Hygiene Australia since 1 January 2013
- To complete the RACS Let’s Operate With Respect eModule

All generic eligibility requirements must be satisfied at the time of registration. At the time of registration applicants must consent to a full criminal history check including submission of relevant documentation on request to enable this to be undertaken. Registrants are required to download and read the following documents prior to registration, to ensure that they are fully informed about the SET Program registration and selection process:
- Registration for Selection into Surgical Education and Training (SET) Program
- Selection to Surgical Education and Training
$200,136- $445,939
Examinations comprise both written format and practical (clinical) format exams. The topics being examined are either generic to all surgical trainees or specialty specific. SET trainees’ knowledge and skills are formally assessed by a number of examinations.

During the course of their training, all SET trainees, unless otherwise indicated, will undertake:
- Clinical examination (CE): $2,255
- Generic surgical science examination (GSSE): $3,930
- Specialty-specific surgical science examination (SSE): $1,965
- Fellowship examination: $8,165
The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons is the principal body accredited by the Australian Medical Council and the Medical Council of New Zealand to provide and manage the education, training (including assessment) and professional development programs for surgeons in Australia and New Zealand. The specialist surgical associations act as agents of the college in the delivery of these programs, the extent of which varies with their level of contracted services. These organisations are consulted by the college on all matters of quality and standards.

The aim of the SET program in otolaryngology head and neck surgery is to educate, train and produce independent surgical specialists.
Applications are accepted in February.

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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