Pain management specialists assess and treat individuals with chronic pain. They often work in consultation with additional medical professionals to comprehensively attend to patient comfort.
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 Pain medicine .
Application fee: $2,172 Annual training fee: $2,312
Trainees need to apply to the Faculty of Pain Medicine.
Pain medicine trainees will have already achieved – or will soon achieve – a specialist qualification relevant to pain medicine acceptable to the board of the faculty. Fellowship of the Faculty of Pain Medicine of the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists (FFPMANZCA) is the only qualification recognised by the Australian Medical Council for registration as a specialist pain medicine physician or by the Medical Council of New Zealand for vocational registration in the scope of pain medicine.
Training in pain medicine is a post-specialisation program that requires applicants to have either completed or be training towards a primary specialist qualification.
To be eligible to register for FPM training, applicants must have completed at least three years full-time equivalent training within that primary specialty.
Training in pain medicine may be pursued concurrently with training towards a primary qualification. Trainees will need to fulfil all training and assessment requirements of the FPM training program, independently of the requirements of the primary college, faculty or chapter.
Applicants are not required to secure a training position prior to application but must do so before commencing the core training stage. An applicant becomes a trainee following application, completion of the foundations of pain medicine examination, and on the date of commencement of training in the core training stage.
Fellowship of the Faculty of Pain Medicine of the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists (FFPMANZCA) is a post-specialisation qualification. It is the only qualification recognised by the Australian Medical Council for registration as a specialist pain medicine physician or by the Medical Council of New Zealand for vocational registration in the scope of pain medicine.
Completion of the program entitles a trainee to receive a certificate of completion of training. This certificate does not confer eligibility for registration as a specialist pain medicine physician in Australia or New Zealand.
In order to be awarded fellowship of the faculty, a trainee must have a primary specialist qualification acceptable to the board of the faculty and complete the requirements of the training program.
The eligibility and application criteria for training include:
- A copy of the applicant's birth certificate or the identity page of a current passport, certified by a justice of the peace (JP) or equivalent authority
- The original diploma for the primary medical qualification, or a copy certified by a JP or equivalent authority, or a letter from the primary college certifying the applicant is a current trainee having completed three years of training and not subject to any formal remediation review process
- Evidence of medical registration
Foundations of pain medicine examination: $3,920
Long case examination: $1,306
The program comprises a minimum of two years (88 weeks) full-time equivalent (FTE) of approved clinical experience directly related to pain medicine, distributed over two mandatory stages.
Each training stage comprises 44 weeks of clinical activity (one hospital employment year). The core training and practice development stages are directly relevant to the practise of the discipline of pain medicine and enable trainees to develop practical clinical skills in a supervised learning environment.
Application times vary. Contact the college for specific information.