Obstetrics and Gynaecology

Obstetricians and gynaecologists play critical roles in the reproductive health of women through the provision of medical care before, during and after childbirth. Obstetricians and gynaecologists additionally diagnose, treat and aid in the prevention of disorders of the female reproductive system.

The diversity of the obstetrics and gynaecology role is what first attracted me to the specialty. One day you may be delivering a baby, the next a cancer diagnosis, and then there’s everything in between. Working in a regional centre gives you the best of both worlds: you get to enjoy the work of a generalist, while pursuing a special interest or skill. What I love most about my job is knowing that I have made a difference in someone’s life, by making their health journey a little more joyful or a little less stressful.

Dr Greet Hoet
Director of Obstetrics and Gynaecology - Townsville University Hospital

Clinical Practice

Obstetricians and gynaecologists practice across a range of clinical environments, from rural and remote health services to large regional and metropolitan tertiary hospitals, within both the public and private sectors. Some obstetricians and gynaecologists undertake additional training in areas such as gynaecology oncology, urogynaecology, reproductive medicine, maternal and foetal medicine, or obstetric and gynaecology ultrasound.

Obstetrics and Gynaecology – Information

Number of specialists - QLD (2021)

Number of new fellows - QLD

Number of specialists - AUS (2021)

Number of new fellows - AUS

Average weekly hours

Average Age

% Aged 60+

45% of 2022 workforce intend to retire by 2032

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


2023 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 2023 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 2023 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 2023 to the total number of eligible applications.

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Length of Training

6 years full-time (4 years core training program, 2 years advanced training program)

Method of Allocation

College-selected trainees may be allocated to a training post by:

  • College (1st year)
  • Queensland Health pathway/network (centrally coordinated)
  • Queensland Health facility (accredited for training) (2nd and subsequent years)

Training and assessment summary

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

Training program overview

Obstetrics and gynaecology training consists of a structured post-graduate program incorporating core and advanced training. In-hospital training is supplemented with online learning modules. Trainees may undertake subspecialty programs post-Fellowship or during the advanced training years. Upon completing all requirements of the training program, trainees may apply for admission to Fellowship of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology (FRANZCOG). Successful completion of the subspecialty programs will result in certification in the specific subspecialty.


Applicants must have citizenship or have been granted permanent residency status in Australia, hold general medical registration, have completed PGY2 or above and have obtained an accredited training position.


Minimum 50% of full-time commitment.

Interrupted training

Allowed up to 3 years without loss of credit for previous training. Trainees have a maximum of 6 years to complete Core Training and a maximum of 3 years to complete Advanced Training.

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