Haematologists deal with both clinical and laboratory aspects of primary disorders of the blood, providing expert advice on how diseases affect the blood. Disorders commonly diagnosed and treated by haematologists include leukaemia, lymphoma, anaemia and clotting or bleeding disorders.

Clinical Practice

Haematologists work as part of multidisciplinary teams within both public and private sectors. Haematologists may provide direct patient care, or provide advice to other medical practitioners and health care providers to guide patient care, and are often also involved with blood banks to support the management of blood transfusions.

Haematology – 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+

24% 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

5 years full-time (laboratory microbiology training), 7 years full-time (joint laboratory and clinical haematology 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)</br> </br> <em>Of note, when comparing eligible applications against applicants selected for the Queensland training program (first year), all selected applicants for 2022 were 3rd year dual clinical and laboratory haematology trainees who were commencing their 1st year of laboratory training, having already undertaken clinical training.</em>

Training and assessment summary

The Queensland Haematology Advanced Training Pathway is a centralised state-wide recruitment process for advanced training positions in laboratory haematology, clinical haematology and combined clincial and laboratory haematology in accredited Queensland facilities.

Training program overview

Haematology training encompasses both clinical and laboratory aspects of primary disorders of the blood as well as how other diseases affect the blood. Training may follow two pathways - Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia (RCPA) fellowship or dual fellowship with RCPA/Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP). Each pathway equips trainees with the knowledge, skills and professional attitudes necessary to function as a specialist in the practice of laboratory haematology. The dual fellowship equips trainees to additionally specialise in clinical haematology practice. Training incorporates work-based learning and assessment across four general functions of haematologists - discipline-specific functions as a medical specialist in a laboratory, functions as a manager in the haematology laboratory, research and scholarship, and professional attributes. Upon completing all requirements of the training program, trainees may apply for admission to Fellowship of the RCPA (FRCPA). Trainees who successfully undertake joint RCPA/RACP training in haematology will attain the qualifications of FRCPA and FRACP.


Applicants must hold registration as a medical practitioner with a minimum of 2 years of postgraduate experience. Applicants must be employed in a training position at an accredited site before seeking registration with the college.


Minimum 20% of full-time commitment. No limit is placed on the time taken to complete training.

Interrupted training

Allowed however a period of additional training may be required if training is interrupted for more than 5 years.

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