Paediatrics and Child Health

Paediatricians provide high quality specialist services and comprehensive medical care to neonates, infants and children. Paediatricians provide care across a broad spectrum of common acute and chronic disorders, diseases, illness and associated health issues of a developmental and psychosocial nature.

I fell in love with paediatrics doing a regional rotation during my RMO year. The specialty offers a great sense of team work, with wonderful human interactions and opportunities to learn and grow every day.

Helping a family understand, calming a distressed child and seeing them smile, teaching, rounding and making our complex systems of care work well for all.

Dr Andrew Hallahan,
Paediatrician

Clinical Practice

Paediatricians work within both public and private health care settings, as well as within primary care and community health sectors, to provide comprehensive care for their patients. Paediatricians are required to work collaboratively with a broad range of health professionals, including social workers, physiotherapists, occupational therapists and speech pathologists.

Statistics and information - Paediatrics and Child Health

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

32% of the QLD 2017 workforce intend to retire by 2027

Proportion Female/Male - QLD

Male
Female

Location - QLD

Regional
Major cities
Remote

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) (for optional 2 year program)
  • Queensland Health facility (accredited for training)

Training and assessment summary

The Queensland Basic Paediatric Training Network oversees the recruitment, selection and allocation for doctors intending to commence their first or second year of basic paediatric training in Queensland.

Training program overview

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

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).