Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

Oral and maxillofacial surgeons treat patients who experience diseases, injuries and defects in the head, neck, face and jaw, as well as in the hard and soft tissues of the oral and maxillofacial region.

Clinical Practice

Oral and maxillofacial surgeons work collaboratively with other healthcare professionals and medical specialists to optimise the treatment of major conditions such as jaw and congenital facial disproportion, facial disproportion, facial trauma, salivary gland disease, temporo-mandibular joint disorders and head, neck or oral cancers.

Statistics and information - Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

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+

22% 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

2020 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 2020 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 2020 clinical year.

The collection of the selection data occurred prior to the declaration of a public health emergency in Queensland due to the COVID-19 pandemic (29 January 2020).

* 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 2020 to the total number of eligible applications.

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PGY new trainees - QLD

Proportion Female/Male - QLD


Length of Training

4 years full-time

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 RACDS.

Training program overview

Oral and maxillofacial surgery training incorporates both basic and advanced training, with clinical education and training predicated on trainees undertaking surgery with increasing levels of independence and incremental complexity. Upon completion of all requirements of the training program, trainees may apply for admission to Fellowship in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeon - FRACDS(OMS).


Applicants must be a resident of Australia or New Zealand, hold a dental degree and full registration as a dentist in Australia or New Zealand, hold a medical degree and full registration as a medical practitioner in Australia or New Zealand and have completed a full year of surgery in general (SIG) whilst occupying a post in a hospital that is approved for surgical training by the Trainee Advisory Committee, or be expected to complete prior to the commencement of training.


Minimum 50% of full-time commitment. Training must be completed within 6 years.

Interrupted training

Allowed however an interruption exceeding 2 years will necessitate a period of additional training.

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