Palliative medicine is the study and management of patients with active, progressive and far-advanced disease for whom the prognosis is limited and the focus of care is on quality of life.
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 Palliative medicine .
Trainees need to complete three years core and non-core training at accredited training sites, undergo workplace assessments, and fulfil all teaching and learning requirements.
There are two pathways of entry into Advanced Training in Palliative Medicine. The specialist qualification awarded, FRACP and/or FAChPM, depends on the pathway of entry.
Trainees are not able to complete Advanced Training in Palliative Medicine and the Clinical Diploma of Palliative Medicine concurrently.
Eligibility and entry requirements for RACP Advanced Training (Adult Medicine and
Paediatrics) New trainees can apply for Advanced Training after completing Basic Training through the relevant Division, including passing the Divisional Written and Clinical Examinations. They must have current medical registration and appointment to an appropriate Advanced Training position at a suitable training site.
Eligibility and entry requirements for AChPM Advanced Training (Adult Medicine only)
Trainees may apply to enter Advanced Training in Palliative Medicine after obtaining Fellowship of another College (e.g. Royal Australasian College of General Practitioners). Upon acceptance into the training program, trainees should seek appointment to an accredited Advanced Training position.
Trainees must be a Fellow of one of the following colleges/faculties:
- Australasian College for Emergency Medicine (FACEM)
- Australasian Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine (FAFRM)
- Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetics (FANZCA)
- Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (FACRRM)
- College of Intensive Care Medicine (FCICM)
- Faculty of Pain Medicine (FFPMANZCA)
- Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (FRACS)
- Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists
- Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (FRANZCP)
- Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Radiologists (FRANZCR)
- Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (FRACGP)
- Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners (FRNZCGP)
Note that trainees entering Advanced Training in Palliative Medicine through this pathway will be granted Fellowship of the Australasian Chapter of Palliative Medicine via the Adult Medicine Division of the College. Trainees wishing to specialise in Paediatric Palliative Medicine must enter the program via RACP Basic Training in Paediatrics and Child Health.
For trainees entering the program through RACP basic training 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.