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.

Statistics and information - Respiratory and Sleep 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+

29% 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

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.


Applicants must hold current medical registration, have completed RACP basic training requirements 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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