Addiction Medicine

Interim changes to program requirements

The Training Committee in Addiction Medicine are currently reviewing the program requirements due to the COVID-19 pandemic. If changes are needed, trainees will be notified as soon as possible and this handbook will be updated.

See our COVID-19 FAQs and announced education and training changes.

Program overview 

ProgCov-addiction-medicine-handbook-2017-18In Advanced Training in Addiction Medicine, you will 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 assessments and learning tools

Program updates

All our Advanced Training programs are evaluated biennially by overseeing committees to ensure they are in line with educational best practice. Changes in program requirements may occur and could impact your training plan. Please ensure you are following the correct requirements during your training. You can find the latest changes in the 2019-20 program updates

Entry requirements

There are two pathways of entry into Advanced Training in Addiction Medicine:

Prospective trainees must have:

  • completed the RACP Basic Training (including written and clinical exams)
  • hold a current medical registration
  • have appointment to an appropriate Advanced Training Position.

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

Trainees may also apply to enter Advanced Training in Addiction Medicine:

After obtaining Fellowship of another College:

  • Australasian Chapter of Palliative Medicine (FAChPM)
  • Australasian Chapter of Sexual Health Medicine (FAChSHM)
  • Australasian College for Emergency Medicine (FACEM)
  • Australasian Faculty of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (FAFOEM)
  • Australasian Faculty of Public Health Medicine (FAFPHM)
  • Australasian Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine (FAFRM)
  • Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetics (FANZCA)
  • Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (FACRRM)
  • Faculty of Pain Medicine (FFPMANZCA)
  • Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (FRANZCP)
  • Royal Australasian College of Physicians (FRACP)
  • Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (FRACGP)
  • Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners (FRNZCGP)
  • College of Intensive Care Medicine (FCICM)
  • Another College (considered on a case-by-case basis depending on prior relevant experience)
  • hold a current medical registration
  • been appointed to an appropriate Advanced Training position at a suitable training site


The Advanced Training in Addiction Medicine requires a minimum of three-years of full-time equivalent (FTE) training.


Successful trainees will be admitted to the Fellowship of the Australasian Chapter of Addiction Medicine (FAChAM). Eligibility is dependent on the completion of all requirements of training. Once the overseeing committee has recommended you for admission, the College will invite you to apply for Fellowship.

New Fellows will receive formal notification from the College that they have been admitted to Fellowship and receive a letter confirming the completion of their training. All Fellows in Australia, New Zealand and overseas in active practice must meet the requirements of a Continuing Professional Development program

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