Respiratory Medicine & Sleep Medicine

Interim changes to program requirements

Interim requirements for all trainees are listed under training requirements in this handbook. This follows a review by the Specialty Training Committee in Respiratory and Sleep Medicine and Aotearoa New Zealand Specialty Advisory Committee in Respiratory and Sleep Medicine. You're expected to satisfactorily complete the 2021 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 COVID-19 FAQs and education and training changes for additional information.

Program overview

Respiratory Medicine and Sleep MedicineIn Advanced Training in Respiratory Medicine and Sleep Medicine, you’ll explore a depth of specialty training in the diseases of the respiratory system and the investigation and management of patients with sleep disorders. You will train under supervision and prepare for independent practice as a consultant. The program builds on 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 Respiratory Medicine and Sleep Medicine Program is evaluated biennially by its Advanced Training Committee (ATC) in Respiratory Medicine and Sleep Medicine and the Aotearoa New Zealand Advanced Training Subcommittee (ATS) in Respiratory Medicine and Sleep Medicine 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

Prospective trainees must have:

  • completed RACP Basic Training, including Written and Clinical Examinations
  • a current medical registration
  • been appointed to an appropriate Advanced Training position

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


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


Once you've completed all requirements of your training and the ATC/ATS in Respiratory Medicine and Sleep Medicine has recommended you for admission, the College will invite you to apply for Fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians.

New Fellows receive formal notification from the College of their successful admission to Fellowship and a letter confirming the completion of their training.

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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