• Paediatric respiratory and sleep medicine

Paediatric respiratory and sleep medicine

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Respiratory disorders have a high prevalence in the community, and approximately 50 per cent of all acute paediatric illness affects the respiratory system. The majority of avoidable causes of hospital admissions in children are respiratory conditions.

Paediatric respiratory medicine encompasses diseases of the respiratory system, including the upper airway, the lungs, the chest wall and the ventilatory control system. It incorporates knowledge of lung development and developmental physiology, normal and disordered respiratory structure and function, clinical respiratory diseases, and the specialised diagnostic techniques, tests and procedures employed in clinical assessment.

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36–40 hours/week
average time worked
$124,696/year
average salary
3 years Basic Training + 3 years Advanced Training years
min full time
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Paediatric respiratory and sleep medicine
The Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP)
   
Respiratory disorders have a high prevalence in the community, and approximately 50 per cent of all acute paediatric illness affects the respiratory system. The majority of avoidable causes of hospital admissions in children are respiratory conditions.

Paediatric respiratory medicine encompasses diseases of the respiratory system, including the upper airway, the lungs, the chest wall and the ventilatory control system. It incorporates knowledge of lung development and developmental physiology, normal and disordered respiratory structure and function, clinical respiratory diseases, and the specialised diagnostic techniques, tests and procedures employed in clinical assessment.
https://www.racp.edu.au/trainees/advanced-training/advanced-training-programs/respiratory-and-sleep-medicine
$3,426
36–40
48/52
3
3 years Basic Training + 3 years Advanced Training
Oversubscribed
22
No
N/A
Entry requirements for Advanced Training in respiratory and sleep 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.
$124,696
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)
Training rotations (For Dual Training in Respiratory Medicine and Sleep Medicine):
36 months of certified training time consisting of:
• 24 months of core respiratory medicine training
• 12 months of core sleep medicine training

Core training:
A minimum of 24 months (FTE) must be spent in accredited clinical training positions. In Respiratory Medicine, up to six months of intensive care training may be considered towards core training. A maximum total of 12 months of intensive care training may count towards the 36-month program, i.e. 6 months core respiratory medicine training and 6 months non-core training.

Non-core training
The overseeing committee may approve a maximum of 12 months of non-core training, which may be spent in related clinical medicine, respiratory research or laboratory work. The following areas are recommended for complementary training: sleep medicine; respiratory or sleep research; clinical respiratory or sleep physiology; overseas training in respiratory medicine; intensive care medicine. Training in research will be strongly encouraged during the period of non-core training; ongoing contact with a respiratory supervisor is required. A number of other specialty areas of medicine are likely to be considered suitable for a noncore period in respiratory medicine, provided trainees can demonstrate an appropriate case mix that is relevant to respiratory medicine and appropriate clinical rotations. These areas include general and acute care medicine; infectious diseases; intensive care; clinical allergy/immunology; cardiology; indigenous health and rural medicine; oncology and palliative medicine; and clinical pharmacology. Other specialty areas of medicine are less likely to be acceptable for non-core training in respiratory medicine, and these rotations will only be approved if a suitable link to respiratory medicine training can be demonstrated, and a suitable clinical case mix and supervisor are available. When considering programs for non-core training, trainees are advised to contact the overseeing committee regarding their proposed non-core program and seek advice prior to accepting any clinical position. Ideally, non-core training should be prospectively approved before commencing the year of training. Retrospective approval of non-core training will not normally be granted. For further details refer to the Advanced Training in Respiratory Medicine and Sleep Medicine 2017–18 Program Requirements Handbook.
Applications to commence training close in January (or August for mid-year applications).
Advanced training

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