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.

Statistics and information - Addiction 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+

83% 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

PGY new trainees - QLD

Proportion Female/Male - QLD


Length of Training

3 years full-time (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 40% of full-time commitment. Training must be completed within 8 years.

Interrupted training

Allowed. Interruptions of more than 12 continuous months may require additional assessments (determined on a case-by-case basis). Interruptions of more than 24 continuous months may require additional training time and/or assessments (determined on a case-by-case basis).

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