If you are you a registered practitioner in Australia or New Zealand and are interested in physician or paediatrician training...
The RACP has various training pathways, linked to comprehensive training curricula, complemented by an extensive and wide-ranging program of on-the-job training, working with and learning from experienced clinicians. Becoming a physician involves a significant amount of training, time and commitment and we have provided below some information on areas of interest and training options.
The RACP provides exemplary, workplace-orientated training and assessment in a broad range of medical specialties to equip Fellows and trainees in Australia and New Zealand with the knowledge and skills required to perform as physicians and paediatricians at the highest possible standard. The College provides two major streams of training and a Continuing Professional Development (CPD) program for our Fellows to ensure life-long learning.
There are two main training entry points for the College:
1. The Physician Readiness for Expert Practice (PREP) Program.
2. Tailored training programs provided by the Faculties & Chapters.
Trainees can apply to join the PREP Basic Training Program in Adult Medicine or Paediatrics & Child Health. A trainee can progress to an Advanced Training Program upon successful completion of the PREP Basic Training Program.
The entire program can take a minimum of six years to complete to become a physician/paediatrician and Fellow of the College. Timing is dependant upon the specialty/pathway chosen after basic training has been successfully completed. For more information about either program, click the link below:
Trainees can choose to undertake a specialised training program within one (or more) of the Faculties and Chapters.
|Addiction Medicine |
Sexual Health Medicine
|Occupational & Environmental|
Public Health Medicine
|Note: Gaining Fellowship of a Faculty or Chapter does not confer Fellowship of the RACP, however, training obtained during program may be considered towards training for Fellowship of the College and vice versa.|
Once a trainee becomes a Fellow, they are provided with tools and support to assist with life-long learning and CPD; please see the CPD section of this site for more information.
The STP provides support to enable medical specialist trainees to rotate through an expanded range of settings beyond traditional public teaching hospitals.
In 2010, the Department of Health and Ageing (DoHA) announced the newly branded STP. Previous programs now consolidated under the STP include:
Expanded Specialist Training Program (ESTP)
Placements under STP provide trainees with the opportunity to access a range of clinical experiences and treatment plans that may not be available in metropolitan tertiary hospital settings including:
Aboriginal medical services
Ambulatory care settings