Addiction Medicine

Interim changes to program requirements

Interim requirements for all trainees are listed under training requirements in this handbook. This follows a review by the Training Committee in Addiction Medicine.

You're expected to satisfactorily complete the 2022 training program requirements where possible. If you’re unable to complete training program requirements due to COVID-19, see education and training principles and advise your Training Committee as soon as possible.

The interim changes made are to provide flexibility and support to trainees who have been affected by COVID-19. See COVID-19 FAQs and education and training changes for additional information.

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Program overview

Addiction MedicineIn Advanced Training in Addiction Medicine, you'll explore in-depth specialty training in the comprehensive care of people with a wide range of addiction disorders, including drug and alcohol addiction and pharmaceutical dependency. You will train under supervision and prepare for independent practice as a consultant. The program builds on your skills through work-based learning and assessment tools.

Program updates

See announced interim changes to program requirements due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Advanced Training in Addiction Medicine Program is evaluated biennially by the Training Committee in Addiction Medicine to ensure that it’s in line with educational best practice. Changes in program requirements may occur and could impact your training plan. The College will provide sufficient notice prior to implementing any change. You must always ensure you’re following the correct requirements during your training.

Entry requirements

There are 2 pathways of entry into Advanced Training in Addiction Medicine.

RACP Basic Training

You can apply for Advanced Training in Addiction Medicine after completing RACP Basic Training, including passing the Divisional Written and Clinical Examinations.

You must hold a current medical registration and have an appointment to an appropriate Advanced Training position at a suitable training site.

Already a Fellow

New trainees can apply to enter the Addiction Medicine Advanced Training Program after obtaining Fellowship of another medical college.

Fellows from RACP's Divisions, Faculties and Chapters are eligible to apply. Other eligible medical colleges include:

If your medical college isn’t listed, you can still apply. Applications will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Overseas trained doctors, including general practitioners, must have been considered comparable by their Australasian medical college.

You must also hold a current medical registration and have an appointment to an appropriate Advanced Training position at a suitable training site.

New and current trainees need to prospectively apply for Advanced Training each year.


Advanced Training in Addiction Medicine requires 3 years (36 months) of full-time equivalent (FTE) training.


Once you've completed all requirements of your training and the Training Committee in Addiction Medicine has recommended you for admission, the College will invite you to apply for Fellowship of the Australasian Chapter of Addiction Medicine.

See Becoming a Fellow for information on admission to Fellowship.

As a Fellow in active practice in Australia, Aotearoa New Zealand or overseas, you’ll need to meet the annual requirements of the Continuing Professional Development program.

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