Sexual Health 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 Sexual Health 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-Sexual-Health-Medicine-handbook-2017-18In Advanced Training in Sexual Health Medicine, you will explore in-depth specialty training in the medical practice concerned with healthy sexual relations, including freedom from sexually transmissible infections (STIs), unplanned pregnancy, coercion, and physical or psychological discomfort associated with sexuality. 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

Find out more about a career in Sexual Health Medicine.

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 changes in the 2019-20 program updates

Entry requirements

There are two pathways of entry into Advanced Training in Sexual Health Medicine:

Completion of RACP Basic Training

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.

Fellowship of a College, Faculty or another Chapter

Trainees may apply to enter Advanced Training in Sexual Health Medicine after obtaining Fellowship of another College (e.g. Royal Australasian College of General Practitioners). They must have current medical registration and appointment to an appropriate Advanced Training position at a suitable training site.

Most applicants will be eligible through Fellowship of one of the Colleges listed below. Fellows of other Colleges may also apply and will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

  • Australasian College of Dermatologists (FACD)
  • Australasian Faculty of Public Health Medicine (FAFPHM)
  • Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (FACRRM)
  • Royal Australasian College of Physicians (FRACP)
  • Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (FRACS – urology)
  • Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (FRANZCOG)
  • Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (FRANZCP)
  • Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (FRACGP)
  • Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia (FRCPA)
  • Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners (FRNZCGP)
  • Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners Division of Rural Hospital Medicine (RNZCGP)

Note that overseas trained doctors (including general practitioners) must have been considered comparable by the relevant Australasian medical college.

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


Advanced Training in Sexual Health Medicine requires three years of full-time equivalent (FTE).


Successful trainees will be admitted to the Fellowship of the Australasian Chapter of Sexual Health Medicine (FAChSHM). Eligibility is dependent 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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