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

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.

Paediatrics and Child Health – Information

Number of specialists - QLD (2021)

Number of new fellows - QLD

Number of specialists - AUS (2021)

Number of new fellows - AUS

Average weekly hours

Average Age

% Aged 60+

29% of 2022 workforce intend to retire by 2032

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


2023 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 2023 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 2023 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 2023 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) (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.


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