Palliative Medicine

Interim changes to program requirements

Interim requirements for all trainees are now listed under Program requirements. This follows a review by the Training Committee in Palliative 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-palliative-medicine-advanced-handbook-2017-18In Advanced Training in Palliative Medicine, you will explore a depth of specialty training in the management of patients with active, progressive and far-advanced disease, for whom the prognosis is limited and the focus of care is on 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 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 handbook during your training. You can find the latest changes in the 2019-20 program updates

Entry requirements

Prospective trainees must: 

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

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

Eligibility and entry requirements for RACP Advanced Training (Adult Medicine and Paediatrics)

New trainees can apply for Advanced Training after completing Basic Training through the relevant Division, including passing the Divisional Written and Clinical Examinations. They must have current medical registration and appointment to an appropriate Advanced Training position at a suitable training site. 

Eligibility and entry requirements for AChPM Advanced Training (Adult Medicine only)

Trainees may apply to enter Advanced Training in Palliative Medicine after obtaining Fellowship of another College (e.g. Royal Australasian College of General Practitioners). Upon acceptance into the training program, trainees should seek appointment to an accredited Advanced Training position.

 Trainees must be a Fellow of one of the following colleges/faculties:

  • Australasian College for Emergency Medicine (FACEM)
  • Australasian Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine (FAFRM)
  • Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetics (FANZCA)
  • Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (FACRRM)
  • College of Intensive Care Medicine (FCICM)
  • Faculty of Pain Medicine (FFPMANZCA)
  • Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (FRACS)
  • Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (FRANZCOG)
  • Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (FRANZCP)
  • Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Radiologists (FRANZCR)
  • Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (FRACGP)
  • Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners (FRNZCGP) 
Advanced Training positions
Core training needs to be undertaken at accredited training sites that have been accredited by the overseeing committee for Advanced Training in the relevant specialty. Please note that the College is not responsible for trainee recruitment and has no role in the recruitment process.
Approval and certification of training

Once trainees have secured a training position, they must prospectively apply for approval as per the Progression through Training Policy. Approval of training periods will be determined by the overseeing committee. To be approved, a trainee’s individual training program must be consistent with the training requirements and appropriate for the stage in training. Upon completion of each rotation or calendar year of training, the overseeing committee considers each trainee’s progress according to the program requirements. If all requirements of training have been satisfactorily completed, the overseeing committee will certify the period of training. 

Note: that trainees entering Advanced Training in Palliative Medicine through this pathway will be granted Fellowship of the Australasian Chapter of Palliative Medicine via the Adult Medicine Division of the College. Trainees wishing to specialise in Paediatric Palliative Medicine must enter the program via RACP Basic Training in Paediatrics and Child Health.


The Advanced Training in Palliative Medicine requires three years of full-time equivalent (FTE) training, undertaken at an accredited training site


Trainees entering the program through RACP Basic Training will be awarded Fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (FRACP) and Fellowship of the Australasian Chapter of Palliative Medicine (FAChPM). Trainees entering the program through Fellowship of another College will be awarded Fellowship of the Australasian Chapter of Palliative Medicine (FAChPM).

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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