Paediatrics & Child Health

Program overview

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With Basic Training in Paediatrics & Child Health, you will start the minimum six-year training program to become a Physician. This program includes a broad exposure to a comprehensive range of discipline areas that can be further developed during a subsequent Advanced Training program. Learning occurs primarily in the workplace, supported and supervised by consultants and peers. 

Program updates

All our Basic Training Programs are evaluated biennially by overseeing committees to ensure they are in line with educational best practice. The Basic Training Curricula Renewal Project may result in the revision of requirements outside of this cycle. Changes to the training program that could substantially impact trainees will be implemented following an extended period of notice. ​Please ensure you are following the correct guidelines during your training.

About the 2017–18 program ​requirements

The 2017-18 program requirements apply to all Australian and New Zealand based trainees registered in a PREP program in 2017 and/or 2018, regardless of the year in which they commenced Physician Ready for Expert Practice (PREP) Basic Training.

Where not specified to either Australia or New Zealand, information applies to both countries.

Entry requirements

Prospective trainees must have:

  • a general medical registration with the Medical Board of Australia, or a medical registration with a general scope of practice with the Medical Council if applying in New Zealand
  • an appointment to an appropriate training position at an accredited training hospital or health service
  • approval to apply for Basic Training from the hospital (or network) Director of Paediatric Education (DPE). Approval of the DPE is subject to selection processes, training capacity and/or performance of the prospective trainee

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


Basic Training in Paediatrics & Child Health requires three years of full-time equivalent (FTE) training. Training completed previously outside Australia or New Zealand may be applied for as Recognition of Prior Learning. Please see the RPL Policy and contact Basic Training to confirm your eligibility before submitting your application.


Successful trainees are permitted to enrol in Advanced Training within five years of completing Basic Training. 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 of the Chapter, Faculty or Division.

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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