Infectious Diseases

Infectious disease physicians deal with the diagnosis, treatment and control of infections, having extensive experience in all facets of infectious diseases, including HIV medicine and infections in immunocompromised patients. Infectious disease physicians are occupying an increasingly prevalent place in medicine, due to the increasing emphasis placed on the economic impact of infection and control measures, epidemiology and public health.

Clinical Practice

Infectious disease physicians practice within various clinical, laboratory and public health aspects of infectious disease medicine and microbiology, playing a key role in both the management of acute problems, and in long-term chronic care of their patients. Infectious disease physicians additionally play a predominant role in the provision of consulting services and expertise on matters pertaining to infection and public health.

Statistics and information - Infectious Diseases

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

29% 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 Infectious Diseases Advanced Training Network oversees the recruitment, allocation and selection of infectious disease trainees in Queensland. A state-wide approach ensures that candidates will enjoy a rounded and complete training experience.

Training program overview

Infectious diseases advanced training may be undertaken following completion of requirements for basic training with the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP). The infectious diseases training program incorporates work-based learning and assessment, with successful trainees attaining the qualification of FRACP with accreditation to practise as an Infectious Diseases specialist in Australia or New Zealand. Trainees may elect to undertake the infectious diseases and microbiology 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 an Infectious Diseases specialist and Microbiologist 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. Joint trainees must be registered with both the RACP and the RCPA and are supervised by the Committee for Joint College Training in Infectious Diseases and Microbiology.

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).