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Paediatric surgery


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Paediatric surgeons specialise in the surgical treatment of children up to 15 years of age.

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36–40 hours/week
average time worked
$175,314-$282,508 /year
average salary
6+ years
min full time
GP sub-specialty
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Paediatric surgery
Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS)
Paediatric surgeons specialise in the surgical treatment of children up to 15 years of age.
Any person wishing to register for selection into the surgical education and training (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
- General (unconditional) registration in Australia or general scope or restricted general scope registration in the relevant specialty in New Zealand
- Successfully completed the RACS specified hand hygiene learning module from Hand Hygiene Australia since 1 January 2013
- Completed the RACS Let’s Operate With Respect eModule 4
Fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (FRACS).
You can apply for the SET program in any of the nine specialties during PGY2, with the earliest successful entry at the beginning of PGY3. Many trainees do not get onto SET until PGY4 or 5 (this varies with the specialty).

The first step in the application process for SET training is to register with the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS).
During the course of their training, all SET trainees, unless otherwise indicated, will undertake:
- Generic surgical science examination (GSSE): $3,930
- Fellowship examination: $8,165
- Paediatric anatomy and embryology examination: $3,725
- Paediatric pathophysiology examination: $1,475
For details of training refer to the Paediatric Surgery Assessment Plan.
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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