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.

Statistics and information - Medical Administration

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+

52% 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

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)

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 only advanced training over three strands, governed by the Medical Leadership and Management Curriculum developed by the 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 the Royal Australasian College of Medical Administrators (FRACMA)


Applicants must hold general or specialist medical registration in Australia or New Zealand, have a minimum of 3 years clinical experience involving direct patient care and show evidence of a medical management position (training post or substantive position).


Allowed. Training must be completed within 8 years.

Interrupted training

Allowed up to a maximum of 2 years.

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