Immunopathologists study, diagnose and manage patients with disorders of the immune system, including allergic and autoimmune disorders, some types of cancer and primary and secondary immunodeficiencies. Immunopathologists are often also involved in organ transplantation, and work to ensure the health of the community through the prevention of disease by immunisation.

Clinical Practice

Immunopathologists work as part of multidisciplinary teams, practicing in both clinical and laboratory medicine, within both public and private sectors. Immunopathologists may directly manage patients, or may treat patients referred from other specialists who suspect an immune component to illness. Immunopathologists additionally provide advice to other medical practitioners and health care providers on a variety of disorders, such as recurrent miscarriage or in areas of transplantation medicine.

Immunopathology – 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+

50% 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 (immunopathology training), 7 years full-time (joint immunology and allergy 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

Appointments to Queensland Pathology Training Programs are coordinated by the Medical Support Unit, Pathology Queensland (Health Support Queensland) in conjunction with Pathology Queensland's State Directors and Coordinators of Education and Training. Pathology recruitment is centralised by discipline/sub-specialty and not by facility. Training is accredited through the RCPA.

Training program overview

Immunopathology training prepares trainees to provide expert diagnostic support for patients with immune disorder in their capacity as pathologists, and who can serve as consultants, educators and pathology scientists in the diagnosis and investigation of conditions of the immune system. Training may follow two pathways - Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia (RCPA) fellowship or dual RCPA/Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP) fellowship for trainees who wish to provide patient care as well as laboratory services. Training incorporates work-based learning and assessment across four general functions of immunopathology - discipline-specific functions as a medical specialist in a laboratory, functions as a manager in the laboratory, research and scholarship, and professional attributes. Upon completing all requirements of the training program, trainees may apply for admission to Fellowship of RCPA (FRCPA). Trainees who successfully undertake joint RCPA/RACP training in immunology and allergy 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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