Nephrologists diagnose, treat and manage patients with diseases of the kidneys and urinary tract, and treat the medical problems related to these diseases.

Nephrology has offered me exposure to inspiring role models, intellectually stimulating and challenging cases, abundant teaching and strong research opportunities and career flexibility.

I appreciate the ability to make an important difference to people’s lives – providing holistic continuity of care with ongoing relationships with patients over many years and often different treatment modalities.

Professor David Johnson

Clinical Practice

Nephrologists work within both public and private facilities, often caring for patients over a long period of time, and are required to coordinate patient care with primary care physicians, surgeons and other health professionals.

Statistics and information - Nephrology

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+

25% of 2018 workforce intend to retire by 2028

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

2020 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 2020 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 2020 clinical year.

The collection of the selection data occurred prior to the declaration of a public health emergency in Queensland due to the COVID-19 pandemic (29 January 2020).

* 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 2020 to the total number of eligible applications.

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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 Nephrology Advanced Training Pathway is a state-wide centralised process that supports applicants through a 3 year training program including 1 year guaranteed training in a transplant service. There still remain opportunities to be an advanced trainee in nephrology medicine in Queensland outside of this process. Applicants that are not successful in securing a position on the centralised pathway are still eligible for existing advanced training accredited positions that are within Queensland using this process. However a position on a transplant service will not be guaranteed.

Training program overview

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

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