Paediatric Emergency Medicine

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 Paediatric Emergency 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-Paediatric-Emergency-Medicine-handbook-2017-18In Advanced Training in Paediatric Emergency Medicine, you will explore a depth of specialty training in the short-term emergency treatment of children, from neonates to adolescents. 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 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 guidelines during your training. You can find the latest updates in the 2019-20 program updates 

Entry requirements

Trainees can enter Advanced Training in Paediatric Emergency Medicine from either the RACP stream or ACEM stream. The RACP administers the training program for RACP stream trainees, whilst the ACEM administers the training program for ACEM stream trainees.

RACP Stream

Prospective RACP trainees must:

  • have completed the RACP Basic Physician Training (including the RACP Written and Clinical Examinations)
  • hold a current medical registration
  • have an appointment to an appropriate Advanced Training position 

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

ACEM trainees should refer to the ACEM website for administrative and process information.

ACEM stream

ACEM trainees can register their interest in the program at any stage. They are advised to register early, as this allows appropriate individual tailoring of their program.

To be eligible to train under the Joint College Training Committee (JCTC) in Paediatric Emergency Medicine, ACEM stream trainees must have been accepted into Advanced Training by successfully completing:

  • 24 months Emergency Medicine Basic Training
  • a minimum of 12 months provisional training
  • ACEM Primary Examination.

Further details on ACEM requirements can be found on the ACEM website.


The Advanced Training in Paediatric Emergency Medicine requires 3 years of full-time equivalent (FTE).


Successful trainees will be admitted to the Fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (FRACP). 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.

Once awarded either FRACP or FACEM, you may wish to complete additional requirements to obtain Dual Fellowship.

RACP Fellows obtaining Dual Fellowship must complete:

  • 12 months Adult Emergency Medicine training
  • ACEM Research Requirement
  • pass ACEM Fellowship Exam

 ACEM Fellows obtaining Dual Fellowship must complete:

  • 12 months Paediatric Medicine training
  • Advanced Training Research Project
  • pass RACP Written and Clinical Exams
  • other requirements as determined by the JCT
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