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
QLD

Average Age
QLD

% Aged 60+
QLD

38% of the QLD 2017 workforce intend to retire by 2027

Proportion Female/Male - QLD

Male
Female

Location - QLD

Regional
Major cities

Public/Private QLD

Private
Public

Number of trainees - QLD

Number of new trainees - QLD

Number of trainees - AUS

Number of new trainees - AUS

PGY new trainees - QLD

Proportion Female/Male - QLD

Male
Female

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)

Eligibility

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.

Flexibility

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.