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Palliative Medicine

Palliative Medicine

Palliative Medicine

Your Pathway into Palliative Medicine training in North Queensland

Entry Requirements

  • Completion of Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP) Basic Physician Training, including successful completion of the RACP written and clinical examinations



  • General medical registration
  • Employment in an accredited Advanced Training position
  • Refer to the Royal Australasian College of Physicians for further information in relation to selection into the training program

Total Training Time

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

  • 24 months of core training
    • 6 months of inpatient unit/hospice 
    • 6 months of community setting 
    • 6 months of teaching hospital/consultation 
    • 6 months of cancer care setting 
  • 12 months of non-core training
    • 6 months of palliative medicine variable or related specialty
    • 6 months of elective training
  • 1 x Advanced Training Research Project 
  • 1 x Case Study 
  • Australian Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander and Māori Cultural Competence and Cultural Safety online course (trainees who commenced in 2023 onwards) 
  • Communication Skills Workshop (recommended) 
  • RACP Online Learning: Pain Management modules  

How to Apply

Palliative Medicine Advanced Training positions are managed centrally through the Queensland Palliative Medicine Advanced Training Pathway. Applications to this network must be submitted through the Resident Medical Officer (RMO) Campaign. See the application guide for further details on how to preference the network.

Applicants must also apply to the Advanced Training in Palliative 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. Candidates should always discuss employment opportunities with their preferenced facilities or training programs before submitting an application. The hospitals within our region accepting applications are: Townsville University Hospital and Cairns Hospital. For more information on the campaign and application process go to the Queensland Health website.

Application Deadline

15 February | first half or whole of the current year  

31 August | second half of current year 

Frequently Asked Questions

What can I expect as a Palliative Medicine trainee?

As a palliative medicine trainee, you can expect to gain a broad range of skills and knowledge. You will learn how to assess and manage the physical, psychological, social, and spiritual needs of patients who are suffering terminal illnesses. You will also learn how to communicate effectively with patients and families about difficult topics such as prognosis and end-of-life care.

Are flexible training options available?

Yes, you can find out more by visiting the RACP website  

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