The majority of haematologists in Australia and New Zealand undertake both clinical and laboratory training, and so qualify as physicians (RACP) and pathologists (RCPA). Although this means extra training time, study and examinations, the end result is a career with great opportunity for flexibility in engaging in research, clinical and laboratory work and the ability to personally make a pathological diagnosis and to provide treatment to patients.
Dr Robert Bird
Director of Haematology
Haematologists work within both public and private healthcare settings, as well as within laboratories and academic and research institutes. Haematologists perform a range of clinical procedures in caring for their patients, including haemopoietic stem cell transplantation, transfusion medicine and bone marrow biopsy. Haematologists additionally provide a range of treatments for patients, including venesection, iron infusion, blood transfusion and intravenous immunoglobulin therapy. Clinical, translation and basic research is a significant component of practice for many Haematologists, this research has contributed to substantial advances in cell and molecular biology, as well as therapeutic and patient management practices.
6 years full-time (3 years basic training, 3 years advanced training)
College-selected trainees may be allocated to a training post by:
The Queensland Haematology Advanced Training Pathway is a centralised state-wide recruitment process for advanced training positions in clinical haematology, laboratory haematology and combined clincial and laboratory haematology in accredited Queensland facilities.
Clinical Haematology advanced training may be undertaken following completion of requirements for basic training with the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP). The clinical haematology training program incorporates work-based learning and assessment, with successful trainees attaining the qualification of FRACP with accreditation to practise as a clinical haematologist in Australia or New Zealand. Trainees may elect to undertake the haematology joint RACP/RCPA advanced training program, with successful trainees attaining the qualification of FRACP and Fellow of the Royal College of Pathologists Australasia (FRCPA), with accreditation to practise as haematologists and pathologists 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. Joint RACP/RCPA Haematology trainees must be registered with both the RCPA and the RACP and are supervised by the Committee for Joint College Training.
Minimum 40% of full-time commitment. Training must be completed within 8 years.
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).