Clinical Diploma in Palliative Medicine

Interim changes to program requirements

Interim requirements for all trainees are now listed under Program requirements. This follows a review by the Training Committee in Palliative Medicine.

Trainees are expected to satisfactorily complete the 2020 training program requirements where possible.

The interim changes made are to provide flexibility and support to trainees who have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

See also COVID-19 FAQs and education and training changes.

Program overview 


The Clinical Diploma in Palliative Medicine program provides general practitioners and physicians clinical experience in palliative medicine and expand their expertise to handle the palliative care needs of patients in their practice.

Program updates

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

The Clinical Diploma Training Program is evaluated biennially by the overseeing committee to ensure it's 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. See the 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, which recognises your expertise in Palliative Care Medicine only.

The Clinical Diploma qualification doesn't confer eligibility for specialist recognition in Palliative Care Medicine.


  • In Australia, under the Medical Board of Australia's specialist register, the title 'Specialist Palliative Medicine Physician' is not allowed.
  • In New Zealand, the qualification doesn't 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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