Joint RACP/RCPA Haematology

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

All our Advanced Training programs are evaluated bi​ennially 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 2017-18 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

  • It is RCPA policy that trainees with Fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (FRACP) are not eligible to undertake joint RACP/RCPA Advanced Training programs. Similarly, trainees who choose to receive FRACP before completion of a joint RACP/RCPA Advanced Training program will not be eligible to continue training in any joint RACP/RCPA program.
  • 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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