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.

Cardiology provides me with an opportunity to practice acute and critical care, invasive medicine, diagnostic testing, as well as build long-term relationships with patients with chronic heart disease. Working within a broad multidisciplinary team enables a high level of professional satisfaction.


It is a privilege and truly rewarding to be able to provide care, reassurance and support to patients and their families facing potentially serious cardiac events.

Dr Gregory Starmer

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

Average Age

% Aged 60+

30% 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

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.


Applicants must hold current medical registration, have completed RACP basic training requirements 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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Regional Training Pathways