Public Health Medicine

Public Health physicians work to ensure the health and care of populations.

Clinical Practice

A public health physician's practice involves the promotion of health needs, the provision of services to communities in general as well as to specific sub-groups within them, health promotion and health research.

Statistics and information - Public Health Medicine

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+

58% 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

PGY new trainees - QLD

Proportion Female/Male - QLD


Length of Training

3 years full-time (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 Public Health Medicine Training Program - selection to Public health Medicine Advanced Training positions in Queensland are managed centrally by a panel comprised of Public Health Medicine Unit Directors from accredited facilities. For detailed information on the training program, please contact AFPHM.

Training program overview

Public health medicine advanced training is overseen by the Australasian Faculty of Public Health Medicine (AFPHM) and incorporates work-based learning and assessment. Successful trainees attain the qualification of Fellow (FAFPHM), with accreditation to practise as a Public Health Physician in Australia or New Zealand.


Applicants must hold current general medical registration, have completed at least 3 years of postgraduate medical experience and have completed or be enrolled in a Master of Public Health that satisfies the Faculty’s compulsory core discipline areas 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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