Pain Medicine

Specialist Pain Medicine Physicians serve both as consultants to other physicians and as primary treating physicians to patients who suffer from acute or chronic pain and reduced physical function and mobility. Specialist Pain Medicine Physicians coordinate personalised, multidisciplinary treatments which may incorporate medication and procedural interventions.

Clinical Practice

Specialist Pain Medicine Physicians within both public and private facilities, provide care across a broad spectrum which includes education, rehabilitation coordination and counselling on pain management for patients and their families. Specialist Pain Medicine Physicians are required to work collaboratively with other health care professionals and agencies to coordinate management plans for their patients.

Statistics and information - Pain Medicine

Number of specialists - QLD

Number of new fellows - QLD

Number of specialists - AUS

Number of new fellows - AUS

Average weekly hours

Average Age

% Aged 60+

46% of 2018 workforce intend to retire by 2028

Proportion Female/Male - QLD


Location - QLD

Major cities

Public/Private QLD


Number of trainees - QLD

Number of new trainees - QLD

Number of trainees - AUS

Number of new trainees - AUS

2020 QLD Training Program Selections (First Year)

Eligible Applications Received
Applicants Selected

The data on this page compares the number of applicants that were selected to commence their first year of training in Queensland in 2020 to the total number of eligible applications*

The data was sourced from the relevant medical specialist college, or from selection committees coordinated by a Queensland Health pathway/network, or an individual facility.


This data reflects a point in time figure for the selection of applicants commencing the first year of an accredited training program in the 2020 clinical year.

The collection of the selection data occurred prior to the declaration of a public health emergency in Queensland due to the COVID-19 pandemic (29 January 2020).

* eligible applications are determined by selection committees according to the eligibility criteria and required documentation prescribed by the relevant medical specialist college.

The data on this page compares the number of applicants that were selected to commence their first year of training in Queensland in 2020 to the total number of eligible applications.

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PGY new trainees - QLD

Proportion Female/Male - QLD


Length of Training

2 years full-time

Method of Allocation

College-selected trainees may be allocated to a training post by:

  • College
  • Queensland Health pathway/network (centrally coordinated)
  • Queensland Health facility (accredited for training)

Training and assessment summary

For detailed information in relation to training and assessment requirements, please contact ANZCA-FPM.

Training program overview

Pain medicine training is a post-specialisation program, with applicants to have either completed or be training towards a primary specialist qualification. Trainees undertake two mandatory stages of approved clinical experience (core training and practice development) with training designed to develop practical clinical skills in a supervised learning environment. Upon completing all requirements of the training program, trainees may apply for admission to Fellowship of the Faculty of Pain Medicine (FFPMANZCA)


Applicants must hold current medical registration, hold a primary specialist qualification or have completed at least 3 years full-time equivalent training within that primary specialty.


Minimum 50% of full-time commitment. Training must be completed within 5 years.

Interrupted training

Application for interrupted training must be made prospectively to the ANZCA-FPM Assessor.

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