Joint Haematology

Interim changes to program requirements

Interim requirements for all trainees are now listed under Program requirements. This follows a review by the Committee for Joint College Training in Haematology and the Aotearoa New Zealand Joint College Training Subcommittee in Haematology.

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

LP-clinical-haematology-handbook-2017-18-1In Advanced Training in Joint Haematology program, you will explore a depth of specialty training in the clinical and laboratory aspects of diseases of the blood and blood-forming organs. 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

The Advanced Training in Joint Haematology program is a joint program between the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP) and Royal College of Pathologists Australasia (RCPA).

Program Updates

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

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 handbook during your training. You can find the latest updates in the 2019-20 program updates

Entry requirements

Prospective trainees must:

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

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


The RCPA and RACP Joint Training Program in Haematology involves a minimum four years (FTE) of accredited training in laboratory and clinical haematology practice.

General Principles of the Joint Training Programs

Joint trainees must be registered with both the RCPA and the RACP and are supervised by the CJCT (Committee for Joint College Training)


Successful trainees will be admitted to the Fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (FRACP) and the Fellowship of the Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia (FRCPA). Eligibility is dependent on the completion of all requirements of training. Once the overseeing committee has recommended you for admission, the RACP and RCPA will invite you to apply for Fellowship.

New Fellows will receive formal notification from the RACP and RCPA 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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