Occupational and Environmental Medicine

Interim changes to program requirements

Interim requirements for all trainees are now listed under Program requirements. This follows a review by the Faculty Training Committee in Occupational and Environmental 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

ProgCov-OccupationalandEnvironmentalMedicine-handbook-2017-18 UPDATEDTraining in Occupational and Environmental Medicine explores a new depth of specialty training in health and safety in the workplace and human health impacts of industrial practices. 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

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

All our 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 guidelines during your training. You can find the latest changes in the 2019-20 program updates

Entry requirements

The OEM Training Program has a Basic Stage (Stage A) and two Advanced Stages (Stages B and C).

Entry to the OEM Training Program may occur at the beginning of the Basic Stage (Stage A) or at the beginning of the first Advanced Stage (Stage B).

Eligibility to enter the training program at Stage A

To apply for Stage A trainees must have:
  • general medical registration with the Medical Board of Australia if undertaking training in Australia, or medical registration with general scope of practice with the Medical Council of New Zealand if undertaking training in New Zealand.
  • completed at least two full-time years of postgraduate general clinical experience
  • applied for (with the intent of enrolling in and continuing), or completed an appropriate postgraduate course at diploma level or above in occupational and environmental health or a related field deemed appropriate by the overseeing committee
  • an accredited position of employment that requires on average no less than 20 hours of occupational and environmental medicine practice per week
  • reached an agreement with an OEM Fellow to be Educational Supervisor and have had this approved by the relevant regional Training Program Director.

Eligibility to enter the training program at Stage B

To be eligible to enter the training program at Stage B, the applicant must:

  • have completed an Advanced Life Support (ALS) course and provided a certificate of completion to the Faculty office, and
  • have completed Stage A of the OEM Training Program as evidenced by fulfilment of all the assessment requirements; or
  • have completed a Divisional Basic Training Program and passed the RACP written and clinical examinations; or
  • have completed Modules 1 and 2 of the training course of the Australasian Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine; or
  • hold Fellowship of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners; or
  • hold Fellowship of the Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners.
  • hold Fellowship of the College of Rural and Remote Medicine (FACRRM) (applicable from 31 March 2019 application round).

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


Training in Occupational and Environmental Medicine requires 3.5 years of full-time equivalent (FTE) training.


Successful trainees will be admitted to the Fellowship of the Australasian Faculty of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (FAFOEM). Eligibility is depended 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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