Medical Oncology

Medical oncologists investigate, study, diagnose, treat and manage benign and malignant growth, tumours, cancers and diseases.

I enjoy the combination of a specialty where there is significant patient engagement over time, as well as the continuous exposure to new treatments and clinical trials.

I appreciate the opportunity to engage with patients about their treatment choices and supporting them through their cancer journey as part of a multidisciplinary team.

Assoc Prof Melissa Eastgate
Medical Oncologist

Clinical Practice

Medical oncologists work within both public and private facilities to provide holistic, multimodal care to patients with cancer. Medical Oncologists treat their patients through preventative and palliative medicine, using treatments such as chemotherapy, hormone therapy, molecular targeted agents and analgesics.

Medical Oncology – 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+

32% 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 Medical Oncology Advanced Training Network oversees the recruitment, allocation and selection of medical oncology trainees in Queensland. The training program emphasises state-wide consistency and quality, in association with trainee equity, flexibility and choice. For detailed information in relation to training and assessment requirements, please contact RACP.

Training program overview

Medical oncology advanced training may be undertaken following completion of requirements for basic training, and trainees may choose to focus on either adult or paediatric medical oncology with the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP). The medical oncology training program incorporates work-based learning and assessment, with successful trainees attaining the qualification of FRACP with accreditation to practise as a Medical Oncologist 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