Palliative Medicine

Interim changes to program requirements

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

You're expected to satisfactorily complete the 2022 training program requirements where possible. If you’re unable to complete training program requirements due to COVID-19, see education and training principles and advise your Training Committee as soon as possible.

The interim changes made are to provide flexibility and support to trainees who have been affected by COVID-19. See COVID-19 FAQs and education and training changes for additional information.

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Program overview 

Palliative MedicineIn Advanced Training in Palliative Medicine, you'll explore in-depth specialty training in the management of patients with active, progressive and far-advanced disease, a limited prognosis and the focus of care is their quality of life. You will train under supervision and prepare for independent practice as a consultant. The program builds your skills through work-based learning and assessment tools.

Program updates

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

The Advanced Training in Palliative Medicine Program is evaluated biennially by the Training Committee in Palliative Medicine (TCPM) to ensure that it’s in line with educational best practice. Changes in program requirements may occur and could impact your training plan. The College will provide sufficient notice prior to implementing any change. You must always ensure you’re following the correct requirements during your training.

Entry requirements

RACP Basic Trainees
Adult Medicine and Paediatrics & Child Health streams

Basic Trainees applying must have:

  • completed RACP Basic Training, including Written and Clinical Examinations
  • a current medical registration
  • been appointed to an appropriate Advanced Training position
Already a Fellow
Adult Medicine stream only

You can apply to enter Advanced Training in Palliative Medicine if you:

  • hold a Fellowship from an eligible medical college
  • have a current medical registration
  • have been appointed to an appropriate Advanced Training position

Fellows from all RACP's Divisions (AMD and PCHD), Faculties (AFOEM, AFPHM and AFRM) and Chapters (AChAM and AChSHM) are eligible to apply.  Other medical colleges eligible are:

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


Advanced Training in Palliative Medicine requires 3 years (36 months) of full-time equivalent (FTE) training.


Once you've completed all requirements of your training and the TCPM has recommended you for admission, the College will invite you to apply for Fellowship of the RACP and the Australasian Chapter of Palliative Medicine (RACP Basic Trainees pathway) or Fellowship of the Australasian Chapter of Palliative Medicine (post-Fellowship pathway).

See Becoming a Fellow for information on admission to Fellowship.

As a Fellow in active practice in Australia, Aotearoa New Zealand or overseas, you’ll need to meet the annual requirements of the Continuing Professional Development program.

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