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General & Acute Care Medicine

General & Acute Care Medicine

General & Acute Care Medicine

Your Pathway into General & Acute Care Medicine training in North Queensland

Entry Requirements

Total Training Time

Total: 3 years (36 months) (full-time)

  • 24 months (full-time) core training
  • 12 months maximum (full-time) non-core training

How to Apply

Applicants must first apply through the RMO Campaign 

Applicants must also apply to the Advanced Training in General and Acute Care Medicine program through the RACP. 

 When applying to the Queensland Health RMO Campaign, candidates can preference up to five hospitals at step 10 in the process. Before applying, candidates should always discuss employment opportunities with their preferred facilities or training programs. The hospitals within our region accepting applications are theTownsville University Hospital, Cairns Hospital  and Mackay Base Hospital. For more information on the campaign and application process, go to the Queensland Health website. 

Application Deadline

15 February | First half of whole of the current year  

31 August | second half of the current year 

Frequently Asked Questions

What can I expect as a General Acute Care Medicine Trainee?

Advanced trainees in General and Acute Care Medicine specialise in diagnosing and managing complex, chronic, and multi-system disorders. The curriculum is engineered to support you in self-directed learning and reflective practice, with several different learning activities to suit a spectrum of learning and assessment preferences. All training is undertaken under supervision whilst the trainee prepares for individual practice. The program builds capabilities through practical work-based learning and assessment tools. 

What is a General Acute Care Medicine Physician?

A General Acute Care Medicine Specialist is commonly referred to as a Specialist Physician. Specialist Physicians are specially trained to diagnose internal human disorders and diseases. They are also responsible for the safe and effective administration of treatment. Acute medicine is often confused with the broader field of emergency medicine. Although both professions deal with the breadth of general physician issues in acute hospital and ambulatory care settings, the difference is that critical medicine does not involve managing emergency department cases. Instead, general acute care focuses on internal medicine diagnoses to optimise health outcomes for their patients.

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