Paediatric haematology encompasses the care of infants, children and adolescents with cancer and blood diseases. Primary haematological diseases can be congenital or acquired and include the various forms of leukaemia and lymphoma, some forms of anaemia, and diverse blood clotting/bleeding disorders. Transfusion medicine also falls into the specialty of haematology.
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|The Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia (RCPA); The Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP)|
|Paediatric haematology encompasses the care of infants, children and adolescents with cancer and blood diseases. Haematology encompasses both clinical and laboratory aspects of primary disorders of the blood as well as how other diseases affect the blood. Primary haematological diseases can be congenital or acquired and include the various forms of leukaemia and lymphoma, some forms of anaemia, and diverse blood clotting/bleeding disorders. Transfusion medicine also falls into the specialty of haematology.|
|There are three training pathways available. See websites for admission requirements for each. 1. Advanced Training in Clinical Haematology 2.Haematology RACP/RCPA Joint Training 3. RCPA Fellowship (laboratory haematology)|
|To gain Fellowship of The Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia (FRCPA) in haematology requires five years of accredited training and satisfactory completion of the assessment program detailed below.
Training may be undertaken fully according to the RCPA Fellowship program (FRCPA) or under a joint training program with The Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP). Trainees in both pathways undertake the same examinations. No more than four years in the one institution will be allowed for RCPA trainees and three years for joint RCPA–RACP trainees.
|Applications are made online via the college:
|$140,000 – $300,000|
|Basic pathological sciences examination: $670 ($140 if a current medical student)
Haematology part I examination: $2,340
Haematology part II examination: $2,340
|All haematology training must be undertaken in accredited laboratories and under supervision approved by the Board of Education and Assessment. Trainees need to discuss in detail with their supervisors how to achieve a sound knowledge of all aspects of laboratory haematology and transfusion medicine. If the trainee is not exposed to specific specialised techniques in their laboratory it is their responsibility, in conjunction with their supervisor, to ensure techniques are understood. Visits should be organised to departments where specialised investigations are performed.
Time-based requirements - Training time and rotations
Purpose: To ensure adequate time for trainees to gain necessary learning experiences across a range of relevant rotations.
Total training time: 4 years (48 months) (FTE) Training rotations: 36 months of core training:
◦ 24 months core laboratory training
◦ 12 months core clinical training
• 12 months of non-core training
Core clinical training must be spent in an accredited core clinical training position.
Core laboratory training must be spent in an accredited core laboratory position.
A maximum of 12 months non-core training may be undertaken in clinical training in other disciplines, or in research.
Paediatric Haematology trainees are required to prospectively apply to the overseeing committee for approval of Developmental and Psychosocial Training terms, and such terms must have demonstrated relevance to Haematology in order to be considered non-core training.
Training time in Australia/New Zealand:
At least 12 months of training must be completed in Australia or New Zealand.
Advanced Training in Haematology must be completed at a minimum of two separate sites, with the trainee spending a minimum of 12 months at each site.
Developmental and Psychosocial Training
Purpose: To assist trainees to develop a sophisticated understanding of child development, encompassing physical, cognitive, emotional, behavioural and social areas, which should be gained from the perspective of the child within the family and in the context of the community.
This is a requirement for Paediatrics & Child Health trainees only.
|Annual registration for all trainees closes in February. Applications for examinations also close in February. Examinations are generally held in late May.|
|Advanced training or RCPA Fellowship|