Clinical Diploma in Palliative Medicine

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Program overview 


The Diploma Training in Palliative Medicine explores in-depth specialty training in the management of patients with active, progressive and far-advanced disease, for whom the prognosis is limited and the focus of care is on their quality of life. 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 2019-20 program updates

Entry requirements

Prospective trainees must have:

  • completed an approved medical degree
  • current medical registration
  • been appointed to an appropriate Diploma training position.
Note: Trainees are not able to complete Advanced Training in Palliative Medicine and the Clinical Diploma of Palliative Medicine concurrently.


The Diploma Training in Palliative Medicine requires six months of full-time equivalent (FTE) training, undertaken at an accredited training site


Successful trainees will receive a Clinical Diploma confirming completion of the Palliative Medicine Program.

Note: Whilst this qualification recognises expertise in Palliative Care Medicine, it does not confer eligibility for specialist recognition in Palliative Care Medicine. This means in Australia, under the Medical Board of Australia's specialist register, you cannot use of the title 'Specialist Palliative Medicine Physician'. In New Zealand, the qualification does not grant eligibility to apply to the Medical Council of New Zealand for vocational registration in Palliative Medicine or the use of the title 'Palliative Medicine Physician/Specialist'.

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