Addiction Medicine

Addiction medicine physicians provide comprehensive care to patients who suffer from a range of addiction disorders, including patients who suffer drug and alcohol addiction or pharmaceutical dependency.

Seeing change happen and witnessing people getting back on track is very rewarding.

Of course each patient has agency, however good management of their substance use disorder can really support their recovery.

Dr Jeremy Hayllar
Addiction Medicine & Internal Medicine Physician

Clinical Practice

Addiction medicine physicians work within both public and private facilities to improve the health outcomes of their patients. Addiction medicine physicians also play an important role in shaping public policy in the areas of health protection, prevention and health promotion, thereby improving public and population health outcomes.

Addiction Medicine – 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+

73% 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

6 years full-time (3 years basic training, 3 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 RACP-AChAM.

Training program overview

Addiction medicine advanced training is overseen by the Chapter of Addiction Medicine (AChAM) following completion of requirements for basic training with the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP). Training incorporates work-based learning and assessment which builds on existing cognitive and practical skills, with successful trainees attaining the qualification of Fellowship of AChAM.


Applicants must hold current medical registration, have completed either RACP Basic Training requirements or hold fellowship of a chapter approved college or faculty, and have secured appointment to an appropriate Advanced Training position.


Minimum 0.2 full-time equivalent commitment. Training program must be completed within 8 years.

Interrupted training

Allowed. Interruptions of more than 12 continuous months may require the development of a Return to Training Plan in collaboration with a supervisor and approval from the relevant training committee.

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Regional Training Pathways