Geriatric Medicine

Geriatricians provide comprehensive care for patients who are later in life, and have expertise in the diagnosis and management of complex and multifactorial internal medicine disorders that impact on their patients cognitive and functional status.

Clinical Practice

Geriatricians work within both public and private health care settings, occupying a unique and expanding level of importance in health care delivery due to Australia’s ageing population. Geriatrician’s are required to work collaboratively with other physicians, with surgeons and with other health care professionals to manage a range of diverse presentations.

Statistics and information - Geriatric 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+

29% of the QLD 2017 workforce intend to retire by 2027

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

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 Geriatric Medicine Advanced Training Pathway is a centralised state-wide recruitment process for advanced training positions in geriatric medicine in accredited Queensland hospitals.

Training program overview

Geriatric medicine advanced training may be undertaken following completion of requirements for basic training with the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP). The geriatric medicine program incorporates work-based learning and assessment, with successful trainees attaining the qualification of FRACP with accreditation to practise as a Geriatrician 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).