Gastroenterology and Hepatology

Gastroenterologists diagnose, treat and manage patients with disorders affecting the oesophagus, stomach, small intestine, large intestine and the biliary system, which includes the liver, pancreas, gallbladder and bile ducts.

The holistic nature of gastroenterology appealed to me over other procedural specialties, and since I started it has only grown in scope and relevance. It is the perfect mix of intellectual stimulation and practical activity. Within gastroenterology there are many varied subspecialties, so there is something for everyone.


I appreciate being able to help people and improve their quality of life, often with quite simple interventions. I have never regretted choosing gastroenterology over other career paths, and would do the same again.

Dr Ruth Hodgson

Clinical Practice

Gastroenterologists work within both public and private facilities to provide high quality, comprehensive care for their patients. Many Gastroenterologists additionally work within academic settings, performing the bulk of research into gastrointestinal endoscopic procedures, as well as the interpretation of results. Because of this, Gastroenterologists are often required to provide consultant services to other physicians and surgeons who perform these procedures.

Gastroenterology and Hepatology – Information

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+

35% of 2020 workforce intend to retire by 2030

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


2022 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 2022 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 2022 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 2022 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

The Queensland Gastroenterology Advanced Training Program facilitates centralised recruitment to gastroentereology registrar positions across the state. For detailed information in relation to training and assessment requirements, please contact RACP.

Training program overview

Gastroenterology and Hepatology advanced training may be undertaken following completion of requirements for basic training with the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP). Training incorporates work-based learning and assessment, with successful trainees attaining the qualification of FRACP with accreditation to practice as an Gastroenterologist in Australia or New Zealand.


Applicants must hold current medical registration, have completed RACP Basic Training (including Written and Clinical Examinations), and been appointed 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