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Colorectal Surgery

Colorectal Surgery

Colorectal Surgery

Your Pathway into Colorectal Surgery training in North Queensland

Entry Requirements

  • Applicants for the Colorectal Surgical Training Post Fellowship program must have successfully completed the Australasian General Surgery training and attained their Fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (FRACS).
  • Refer to the  Colorectal Surgical Society of Australia and New Zealand for further information on selection and/or eligibility

Total Training Time

Total: 2 years (24 months) (full-time)

Two years clinical time of Colorectal Surgical training at accredited units throughout Australia and New Zealand. However, one year must be spent outside of a trainee’s home state or country to increase their exposure to the full range of colorectal surgery procedures and the variations in technique.

Three years for those applying for a Research Year on the ANZTBCRS Program  

How to Apply

Applicants must use the Australia and New Zealand Training Board in Colon and Rectal Surgery (ANZTBCRS) application template and apply directly to the Australia and New Zealand Training Board in Colon and Rectal Surgery.

Application Deadline

Applications are accepted from 1 April each year and close on 1 May each year.  

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I do all my training in one place?

No, the 2 years of training will be undertaken in at least 2 different cities1, except under 

exceptional circumstances. A minimum of 12 months’ clinical training outside the home 

city is essential. Two years away is encouraged to further broaden the training 

experience. A minimum of one year in an Australian or New Zealand accredited unit is 


Will any retrospective training be counted towards my time?

No retrospective training, either clinical or research, will be approved.

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