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Your Pathway into Rheumatology training in North Queensland

Entry Requirements

  • Hold a current medical registration 
  • Completion of Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP) Basic Physician Training, including the RACP written and clinical examinations 
  • Been appointed to an appropriate 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 (full-time)

  • A minimum of 24 months (full-time) core training in accredited clinical training position must be complete at separate sites and precede your non-core training  
  • A maximum of 12 months (full-time) non-core training can be undertaken in other clinical training disciplines or in research. Your non-core training year can take on a number of forms.  

How to Apply

Australian trainees can complete their registration online through the RACP portal. If the online application is closed, email an application form (DOC) to 

Application Deadline

15 February | first half or whole of the current year 

31 August | second half of the current year 

Frequently Asked Questions

What am I expected to have completed after 36 months of training?

  • 24 months of core training  
  • 12 months of non-core training 
  • 1 x Advanced Training Research Project (trainees who commenced in 2017 onwards) 
  • 1 x Rheumatology Research Project (trainees who commenced before 2017)  
    • 1 major or 2 minor projects (Australian trainees) 
    • 1 project and 1 audit (Aotearoa New Zealand trainees) 
  • Adult General Rheumatology Clinic (all Australian Paediatrics & Child Health trainees and Aotearoa New Zealand Paediatrics & Child Health trainees who commenced in 2018 onwards) 
  • Australian Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander and Māori Cultural Competence and Cultural Safety online course (trainees who commenced 2023 onwards) 
  • Developmental and Psychosocial Training (Paediatrics & Child Health trainees only) 
  • Meeting and training activity attendance 

How often is the training program updated?

The program is evaluated biennially by the Advanced Training Committee (ATC) in Rheumatology and the Aotearoa New Zealand Advanced Training Subcommittee (ATS) in Rheumatology to ensure that it is in line with educational best practice.  

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