I first realised occupational medicine provided a medical career with a difference when I was given the opportunity as a medical student to crawl around the narrow seam coal face of an underground mine. Since then, I have experienced many different working environments in the pursuit of promoting healthy work via the prevention of occupational disease and injury.
Dr David Jones
Occupational and Environmental Physician
Occupational and environmental physicians practice in a variety of settings, working with governments, regulators, employers, workers and other health professionals to ensure positive health outcomes for workers and employers.
3.5 years full-time (advanced training)
College-selected trainees may be allocated to a training post by:
For detailed information in relation to training and assessment requirements, please contact RACP-AFOEM.
Occupational and Environmental Medicine training is overseen by the Australasian Faculty of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (AFOEM) and is undertaken over three stages incorporating both basic and advanced training. Successful trainees attain the qualification of Fellow (FAFOEM), with accreditation to practise as an Occupational and Environmental Physician in Australia or New Zealand.
Applicants must hold general medical registration, have completed at least 2 full-time years of postgraduate general clinical experience, applied for or completed an appropriate postgraduate course at diploma level or above in occupational and environmental health, hold an accredited position of employment that requires on average no less than 20 hours of occupational and environmental medicine practice per week and reached agreement with an Occupational and Environmental Medicine Fellow to be an Educational Supervisor and have had this approved by the relevant regional training program director.
Minimum 40% of full-time commitment. Training must be completed within 10 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).