Medical Administration

Medical administrators undertake a diverse leadership role, utilising medical and clinical knowledge, skills and judgement to manage hospitals or health services, clinical workforces and capital investments as well as to oversee policy development, budgets and clinical support services. Medical administrators are often also required to manage medico legal and performance issues relating to clinical services and medical staff.

Medical Administration ‘found me’ whilst I was working as a clinician in the Navy.  The specialty has allowed me to participate right across the health continuum and make a difference to the lives of clinicians, patients and their carers. From designing and operationalising new services; teaching & mentoring; optimising workforce management frameworks; managing emergencies & disasters; and bringing clinical governance to life – this job is amazing.


Every day in the office is different and challenging, but I wouldn’t change it for the world.

Dr Elizabeth Rushbrook
Medical Administrator

Clinical Practice

Medical administrators work across a variety of clinical and non-clinical settings, in both the public and private sector. Medical administrators may be employed by public or private health services, government departments, education institutions as well as pharmaceutical and technological companies.

Medical Administration – Information

Number of specialists - QLD (2021)

Number of new fellows - QLD

Number of specialists - AUS (2021)

Number of new fellows - AUS

Average weekly hours

Average Age

% Aged 60+

57% of 2022 workforce intend to retire by 2032

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

Proportion Female/Male trainees - QLD


2023 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 2023 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 2023 clinical year.

* 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 2023 to the total number of eligible applications.

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Length of Training

3 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) </br> </br> <em>Please note: RACMA accredits an individual training post for varying lengths of time. Some posts may be accredited for a specific candidate only. Some accredited training posts may also have conditions.</em>

Training and assessment summary

For detailed information in relation to training and assessment requirements, please contact RACMA.

Training program overview

Medical administration training consists of advanced training only and is governed by the Medical Leadership and Management Curriculum developed by the Royal Australasian College of Medical Administrators (RACMA). The curriculum aims to produce medical practitioners who use both their clinical training and experience and their specialist medical management expertise to lead and influence health service delivery. Upon completing all requirements of the training program, trainees may apply for election to Fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Medical Administrators (FRACMA)


Applicants must hold general registration (unconditional) with the Medical Board of Australia, demonstrate a minimum of 3 years full time clinical experience involving direct patient care and be in a RACMA accredited training post or a post that is likely to qualify as a training post.


Minimum 50% of full-time commitment. Training must be completed within 8 years.

Interrupted training

Allowed up to a maximum of 2 years, however only 12 months of leave can be approved at a time.

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Regional Training Pathways