Cardiology

Cardiologists diagnose, treat and care for patients with diseases or conditions which affect the cardiovascular system, including congenital heart defects, coronary artery disease, heart failure and valvular heart disease.

Clinical Practice

Cardiologists collaboratively with a broad range of other internal medicine physicians, as well as with vascular and cardiothoracic surgeons, to provide comprehensive care for their patients. Cardiologists can work within both public and private health services.

Statistics and information - Cardiology

Number of specialists - QLD

Number of new fellows - QLD

Number of specialists - AUS

Number of new fellows - AUS

Average weekly hours
QLD

Average Age
QLD

% Aged 60+
QLD

27% of the QLD 2017 workforce intend to retire by 2027

Proportion Female/Male - QLD

Male
Female

Location - QLD

Regional
Major cities

Public/Private QLD

Private
Public

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

Male
Female

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

The Queensland Cardiology Advanced Training Pathway is a centralised state-wide recruitment process for advanced training positions in cardiology and is supported by the Cardiology Directors of advanced training at accredited Queensland hospitals.

Training program overview

Cardiology advanced training may be undertaken in either Adult Medicine or Paediatrics and Child Health, following completion of requirements for basic training with the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP). The Cardiology program incorporates work-based learning and assessment with successful trainees attaining the qualification of FRACP with accreditation to practise as a Cardiologist in Australia or New Zealand.

Eligibility

Applicants must hold current medical registration, have completed RACP basic training requirements and have secured appointment to an appropriate advanced training position.

Flexibility

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).