Rehabilitation Medicine

Rehabilitation medicine physicians assess, diagnose and treat a patient’s mobility and function after injury, illness or a chronic condition, to maximise the patient’s independence and to maintain or improve their quality of life.

Rehabilitation medicine allows me an opportunity to help disabled people regain meaning and quality of life.

As a rapidly growing area of health care, it allows me to think and work in innovative ways to promote good mental and physical health.

Dr Leslie Gan,
Rehabilitation Medicine Physician

Clinical Practice

Rehabilitation physicians work collaboratively with other health professionals, carers and families to develop patient-centred, individualised treatment plans. Rehabilitation physicians maximise the restoration of the physical, cognitive, psychosocial and vocational functions of their patients, to maintain their health and prevent secondary complications of disability.

Statistics and information - Rehabilitation Medicine

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

21% of the QLD 2017 workforce intend to retire by 2027

Proportion Female/Male - QLD

Male
Female

Location - QLD

Regional
Major cities

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

4 years full-time (adult rehabilitation medicine - advanced training) / 6 years full-time (paediatric rehabilitation medicine - 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

For detailed information on the training program, please contact AFRM.

Training program overview

Rehabilitation medicine advanced training is overseen by the Australasian Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine (AFRM) and may be undertaken in either General or Paediatrics. The program includes a series of training modules to build core competencies in rehabilitation medicine and work-based learning and assessment requirements. Successful trainees attain the qualification of Fellow (FAFRM), with accreditation to practise as a Rehabilitation Physician in Australia or New Zealand.

Eligibility

To register for adult rehabilitation medicine, applicants must hold current medical registration, have completed 2 years of postgraduate supervised training in general medical and surgical areas and have secured appointment to an appropriate advanced training position. To register for paediatric rehabilitation medicine, 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. Adult Rehabilitation Medicine: training must be completed within 10 years. Paediatric Rehabilitation Medicine: 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).