Emergency Medicine

Emergency medicine physicians are acute generalists with specialist skills in resuscitation and diagnosis during the acute phase of illness or injury. Utilising a broad range of procedural and technical skills, emergency medicine physicians assess and treat patients of all age groups who have a wide range of illnesses, including those patients who are suffering potentially life, or limb, threatening conditions. Common conditions treated by emergency physicians include; heart attacks, strokes, fractures, asthma attacks, injuries resulting from car crashes, pregnancy related emergencies, overdoses and behavioural disorders.

Clinical Practice

Emergency medicine physicians work within both public and private facilities, playing a key role in trauma and retrieval teams and in the development of pre-hospital and in-hospital emergency medical systems. Emergency medicine physicians work closely with other important healthcare practitioners such as paramedics, nurses, social workers, physiotherapists, mental health clinicians and other doctors to ensure that patients passing through emergency departments receive the highest possible standard of care.

Statistics and information - Emergency 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+

25% 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

5 years full-time (1 year provisional training, 4 years advanced training)

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 ACEM.

Training program overview

Emergency medicine training commences with a provisional training year open to any registered medical practitioner, followed by College selection to an advanced training program which is undertaken over a minimum of two sites (one of which must be designated as major referral and one as urban district or rural/regional), with the balance of training time including non-emergency department training. Advanced training equips trainees with the knowledge, skills and aptitudes as outlined across the eight domains of the ACEM curriculum framework. Upon completing all requirements of the training program, trainees may apply for election to Fellowship of the Australasian College of Emergency Medicine (FACEM)


Applicants must hold general registration with the Medical Board of Australia, have Australian Citizenship; Permanent Residency status or all necessary approvals to undertake training in Australia including an appropriate visa. Applicants require a minimum of 2 years postgraduate medical experience and have completed the following: A minimum of one full term in emergency medicine, completed in or after PGY2 in Australia in the last two years and a minimum of two full terms in two different disciplines other than emergency medicine. A full term is defined as a minimum of 8 weeks full time equivalent of clinical work, exclusive of any leave. Locum work is not included. Terms in emergency medicine during PGY1 are not included. Terms in disciplines other than emergency medicine may be completed outside Australia and New Zealand, and may include terms undertaken during PGY1. Applicants are strongly encouraged to undertake terms in disciplines other than emergency medicine in their second (and subsequent, where applicable) postgraduate years in order to diversify their experience.


Minimum 50% of full-time commitment. Training must be completed within 12 years.

Interrupted training

Allowed up to 2 years.

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