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Occupational & Environmental Medicine

Occupational & Environmental Medicine

Occupational & Environmental Medicine

Your Pathway into Occupational & Environmental Medicine training in North Queensland

Entry Requirements

he Occupational and Environmental Medicine (OEM) Training Program has a Basic Stage (Stage A) and two Advanced Stages (Stages B and C). 
Entry to the OEM Training Program may occur at the beginning of the Basic Stage (Stage A) or at the beginning of the first Advanced Stage (Stage B). 

Stage A 

  • Hold General Medical Registration with the Medical Board of Australia or Aotearoa New Zealand 
  • Have completed at least two full-time years of postgraduate general clinical experience 
  • Have Applied for (with the intent of enrolling in and continuing), or completed an appropriate postgraduate course at diploma level or above in occupational and environmental health or a related field deemed appropriate by the overseeing committee 
  • Have an accredited position of employment that requires on average no less than 20 hours of occupational and environmental medicine practice per week 
  • Have reached an agreement with an OEM Fellow to be Educational Supervisor and have had this approved by the relevant regional Training Program Director. 


Stage B 

  • Must meet the basic entry requirements (stage A) and provide adequate evidence of comparable abilities or achievements.  
  • Have completed an Advanced Life Support (ALS) course and provided a certificate of completion to the faculty office, and one or more of the following: Completed Stage A of the OEM training program  
  • Completed RACP basic training in Adult Internal Medicine, including Written and Clinical Examinations 
  • Completed the Australasian Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine Training Program Modules 1 and 2  
  • Hold Fellowship of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners  
  • Hold Fellowship of the Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners  
  • Hold Fellowship of the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine  

Refer to the Royal Australasian College of Physicians for further information in relation to selection into the training program 

Total Training Time

Total: 3.5 years (full-time)

Training in Occupational and Environmental Medicine requires three and a half years of full-time equivalent (FTE) training:  

  • Stage A – 12 months minimum  
  • Stage B – 24 months minimum  
  • Stage C – 6 months minimum  

How to Apply

  • Contact your Regional Training Program Director (TPD) for an initial assessment of your suitability  
  • Following your initial assessment, submit an application for admission form, and other supporting documents to 

Please refer to the Occupational and Environmental Medicine Handbook on the RACP website. 

Application Deadline

30 September | for commencement on 1 January  

31 March | for commencement on 1 July   

Frequently Asked Questions

What if I submit my application late?

Late applications will be considered up to 1 month after the deadline. Applications received thereafter will not be considered unless exceptional circumstances can be demonstrated 

Can the college change the program requirements?

Yes, the program is evaluated biennially 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.  

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.

Cairns region
(07) 4226 8187

Central West region
(07) 4764 1547

Mackay region
(07) 4885 7122

North West region
(07) 4764 1547

Torres and Cape region
(07) 4095 6103

Townsville region
(07) 4781 3424