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.

Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery – Information

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+

34% of 2020 workforce intend to retire by 2030

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


2022 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 2022 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 2022 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 2022 to the total number of eligible applications.

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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 Surgeons - FRACDS(OMS).


Applicants must hold a dental degree with full registration to practice dentistry in either Australia or New Zealand, hold a medical degree with full registration to practice medicine in either Australia or New Zealand; hold citizenship or permanent resident status of Australia or New Zealand; and have completed a full year of surgery in general (SIG) rotations with a minimum of 9 months in related surgical disciplines (e.g. otolaryngology head and neck surgery, orthopaedic surgery, neurosurgey, ophthalmology, general surgey, plastic and reconstuctive surgery).


Minimum 50% of full-time commitment. Training must be completed within 8 years.

Interrupted training

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

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