Rheumatology

Rheumatologists diagnose, treat and manage patients who suffer diseases that affect joints, muscles and bones, including arthritis, musculoskeletal conditions and autoimmune diseases.

As a rheumatologist, you can look forward to developing genuine long-term treatment relationships with a diverse group of patients, take part in exciting research opportunities and enjoy a good work-life balance. Many of the conditions we deal with are chronic multisystem conditions that require a broad knowledge of medicine. Rheumatologists are often asked to figure out the most difficult diagnostic cases.

 

Choosing rheumatology could be one of the best decisions you’ll ever make!

Dr Paul Kubler
Rheumatologist

Clinical Practice

Rheumatologists provide care within both public and private health care settings, working collaboratively with other doctors and health professionals to help their patients manage pain and preserve musculoskeletal function.

Statistics and information - Rheumatology

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

45% of 2018 workforce intend to retire by 2028

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

Female
Male

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

For detailed information in relation to training and assessment requirements, please contact RACP.

Training program overview

Rheumatology advanced training may be undertaken following completion of requirements for basic training with the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP). The rheumatology training program incorporates work-based learning and assessment, with successful trainees attaining the qualification of FRACP with accreditation to practise as a Rheumatologist in Australia or New Zealand.

Eligibility

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. 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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