Your Pathway into Cardiology (Paediatrics) training in North Queensland
- General medical registration
- Employment in an accredited Advanced Training position in Cardiology
- Refer to the Royal Australasian College of Physicians for further information in relation to selection into the training program
Total Training Time
Total: 6 years (full-time)
Basic Paediatric and Child Health: 36 months (full-time)
- Minimum 24 months (full-time) core training (including a minimum of nine months general paediatric medicine, three months paediatric emergency medicine, three months neonatology in a perinatal unit, and three months in a paediatric medical speciality) minimum nine months (full-time) at a Level 3 Teaching Hospital
- Maximum 12 months (full-time) non-core training
Advanced Training: 36 months (full-time) core training
How To Apply
To apply for Paediatric Cardiology Training, you must hold a current medical registration and have secured a position in an advanced training program. Advanced Training in Cardiology (Paediatrics) incorporates practical based learning and assessment. Successful completion of the Paediatric Cardiology Advanced Training will receive an accreditation to practice in Australia or New Zealand.
Key dates for application submission, assessment and selection rounds are available on the Queensland Health Recruitment Campaign website for application through the RMO campaign. Once the campaign closes, only your preferenced facilities or training programs can access your online application and attachments to assess and conduct meritorious recruitment activities. The facility or training program may contact candidates to discuss applications, employment opportunities or organise interviews.
Each specialty training college has different application dates so ensure you refer to the individual website for information. Consider these dates in conjunction with the RMO campaign key dates.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is a Paediatric Cardiologist?
Paediatric cardiologists provide care to infants and children suffering from cardiovascular problems, including issues with the structure or rhythm of the heart, arteries, veins, and heart failure. Paediatric cardiologists help children born with heart problems (congenital heart disease) typically caused by developmental issues in pregnancy. Paediatric cardiologists also work with children who develop heart problems in early childhood.
The specialist will perform functional assessments of the heart and blood vessels, as well as diagnose clinical cardiovascular conditions and the relevant treatments. Part of the examination performed by cardiologists includes blood tests, x-rays, and electrocardiogram (ECG) tests.
Heart conditions that paediatric cardiologists treat include:
- Pulmonary hypertension
- Atrial septal defect (ASD)
- Syncope or fainting episodes
- Long qt syndrome
- Chest pain
- Congestive heart failure
- Heart murmur
- Heart damage caused by infections or viruses
Paediatric cardiologists work with the child’s existing paediatrician or health care provider to evaluate and diagnose health or development concerns associated with the heart, arteries, and veins. However, Paediatric cardiologists do not perform surgery.
What Abilities Are Important in This Specialty?
Paediatric cardiologists are different to regular health practitioners who treat adults as they work closely with infants and children. Therefore, in order to become a great paediatric cardiologist, an individual must have empathy, a compassionate nature and enjoy working with children. Other attributes that are crucial to becoming a paediatric cardiologist include:
- Ability to work in a fast-paced environment and make quick decisions
- Ability to cope with stress
- Team player with the ability to work with different health practitioners
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills
- Good visuospatial reasoning
- Caring and people-focused
Can I Break Up My Training Over a Number of Years?
While most applicants finish their cardiology paediatrics pathway in one block, that’s not the only way to successfully complete the program. Careful time planning around assessments will allow you to become a cardiologist with some breaks in between. However, if you take a break for 12 months or longer, some assessments will need to be repeated. Similarly, pausing the program for 24 months or longer will require the practitioner to revisit old content and material.
How Many Applicants Get Selected Per Year?
Each year, the number of applicants changes. In 2021, for example, 12 applicants entered their first year of cardiology training in Queensland from 34 applicants. Note that this number is based on cardiology training, not specifically paediatric cardiology.
Disclaimer: The information provided on this website aims to assist medical students and doctors in training with medical career planning. While every effort has been made to ensure the information is current and accurate, all details should be verified through the relevant Specialist College.
NQRTH is an initiative of the Australian Government's Integrated Rural Training Pipeline (IRTP) and is facilitated by James Cook University in partnership with public and private hospitals, Queensland Aboriginal and Islander Health Council (QAIHC), health services, Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisations (ACCHOs) and GP clinics.