Sexual Health Medicine

Sexual health physicians provide specialist care to ensure their patients engage in healthy sexual relations, including ensuring they are free from sexually transmitted infections, unplanned pregnancies and physical or psychological discomfort associated with sexuality.

As a Sexual Health and HIV physician, an observed reaction to my chosen speciality is first a pause, followed by an amusing remark, which then turns into a flow of interested questions.


To me, this defines the allure and perception of this comprehensive and patient-centred field of medicine, with its seamlessly interwoven delivery of evidence based and often complex multisystem clinical care, underpinned with public health values of health literacy and prevention, empathic and non-judgemental communication to ensure equity of access and to reduce potential social, psychological, cultural and religious barriers to specialist Sexual Health and HIV care.

Dr Julian Langton-Lockton
Sexual Health Physician

Clinical Practice

Sexual health physicians are predominately employed in public health care settings such as sexual health clinics. Sexual health physicians treat and provide care for their patients through education, promotion of behavioural change, advocacy, targeted medical and laboratory screening, diagnostic testing, clinical service provision, surveillance and research. Sexual health physicians are also heavily involved in the promotion of the sexual health of the broader community.

Statistics and information - Sexual 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+

60% 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

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

Training program overview

Sexual health medicine advanced training is overseen by the Australasian Chapter of Sexual Health Medicine (AChSHM), following completion of requirements for basic training with the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP). Training incorporates work-based learning and assessment, with successful trainees attaining the qualification of Fellow of the Australasian Chapter of Sexual Health Medicine (FAChSHM) with accreditation to practise as a Sexual Health Medicine specialist in Australia or New Zealand.


Applicants must hold current medical registration, have either completed RACP basic training requirements or hold fellowship of an approved college or faculty 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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