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General Paediatrics

General Paediatrics

General Paediatrics

Your Pathway into General Paediatrics training in North Queensland

Entry Requirements

  • Complete RACP Basic Training (Paediatrics and Child Health), including the Written and Clinical Examinations 
  • a current medical registration 
  • been appointed to an appropriate Advanced Training position 

Total Training Time

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

Core Training (24 months) 

  • 12 months of core general paediatrics training*, with at least 6 months rural training** 
  • 6 months of core acute care training 
  • 6 months of core community/developmental training 

Non-Core Training (12 months) 

  • A maximum of 12 months of non-core training can be undertaken through clinical training in other disciplines or in research. 
  • Up to 6 months nights/relief may be accredited as non-core training, provided that there is: 
  • supervision by consultants that are readily available 
  • diverse clinical experience 
  • supervised handovers 
  • participation in training activities 
  • Non-clinical time can be approved for research, including a PhD or Masters by thesis. Time spent on coursework will not be approved. 
  • You must adhere to all training requirements. 

How to Apply

Applicants must first secure an accredited training position in a accredited training site prior to selection for Advanced Training in Clinical Pharmacology with the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP) here 

In Queensland, to be selected by an accredited training facility, applicants MUST apply via RMO Campaign applicant portal and preference individual facilities. 

New and current trainees need to apply each year. 

Application Deadline

There are two application deadlines for Australia and three for Aotearoa New Zealand each yearThese dates vary each year. Please visit the RACP Website for up to date information.    

Frequently Asked Questions

What can I expect as a General Paediatrics trainee?

Those choosing to study General Paediatrics can expect to explore in-depth the expert diagnosis, treatment and care for infants, children and young people aged up to 19 years. The program uses applied learning through work-based learning and assessment tools to build the skills and experience of the trainee. By applying a variety of learnings and assessments, the program meets the requirements of a variety of trainees, their learning styles, and applicable real-life scenarios. Trainees will be supervised in practical applications of General Paediatrics until they are deemed ready for independent practice as a consultant. 

What is a General Paediatrician? 

Paediatricians are specially trained medical professionals who diagnose, treat, and provide medical care for infants, children, and adolescents (0-19 years old). The care provided by a Paediatrician can range from simple to complex medical issues relating to the child's physical, mental, and behavioural development. Additionally, Paediatricians are responsible for the identification, treatment, or management of acute or chronic illnesses in babies, children, and teenagers. The medical conditions overseen by Paediatricians include: 

  • cancer
  • genetic disorders such as cystic fibrosis and Down syndrome
  • disabilities such as cerebral palsy
  • developmental delays
  • chronic diseases such as diabetes
  • infectious diseases such as meningitis
  • asthma and allergies
  • autism spectrum disorder

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.

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Central West region
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