Respiratory and Sleep Medicine

Respiratory physicians diagnose, treat and manage patients with diseases of the respiratory system, including diseases of the lungs, chest wall, pulmonary circulation and ventilatory control system. Sleep physicians diagnose, treat and manage patients with sleep-related conditions, including excessive snoring, sleep apnoea, insomnia, narcolepsy, circadian rhythm disorders and other abnormal conditions or events that occur during sleep.

Clinical Practice

Respiratory and sleep physicians provide care within both public and private health care settings, working collaboratively with a variety of other specialists, including neurologists, psychiatrists, cardiologists, endocrinologists, surgeons and other physicians. Respiratory and sleep physicians provide care for their patients through respiratory function assessment, fibreoptic bronchoscopy, sleep monitoring, lung oncology as well as through the clinical management of all respiratory disorders.

Respiratory and Sleep Medicine – Information

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+

27% of 2020 workforce intend to retire by 2030

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


2022 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 2022 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 2022 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 2022 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)
  • Queensland Health facility (accredited for training)

Training and assessment summary

The Queensland Respiratory Medicine Advanced Training Pathway is a centralised state-wide recruitment process for advanced training positions in respiratory medicine and is supported by the Heads of Respiratory Medicine and/or Directors of Advanced Training at accredited Queensland hospitals.

Training program overview

Respiratory Medicine and Sleep Medicine advanced training may be undertaken following completion of requirements for basic training with the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP). The respiratory medicine and sleep medicine training program incorporates work-based learning and assessment with successful trainees attaining the qualification of FRACP with accreditation to practise as a Respiratory Medicine and Sleep Medicine Specialist in Australia or New Zealand. Training is available in 3 different pathways - respiratory medicine, sleep medicine or dual training in respiratory medicine and sleep medicine.


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