Paediatrics & Child Health

2019 Handbook

Program overview

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The Basic Training in Paediatrics & Child Health Program is the beginning of your minimum 6-year training program to become a Paediatrician. 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 after an extended notice period. Make sure you're following the correct guidelines during your training.

About the 2019 program requirements

About the 2020 program requirements

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) with approval from the DPE subject to the 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 3 years of full-time equivalent (FTE) training. Training completed previously outside Australia or New Zealand may be applied for as Recognition of Prior Learning. See the Recognition of Prior Learning Policy and contact the RACP to confirm your eligibility before submitting your application.


Successful trainees are permitted to enrol in Advanced Training within 5 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 RACP will invite you to apply for Fellowship of the applicable Division, Faculty or Chapter of the RACP.

All Fellows in Australia, New Zealand and overseas in active practice must continue to demonstrate they meet the requirements of a Continuing Professional Development program on an annual basis.

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