Urology

Urologists diagnose, treat and manage both adult and paediatric patients who experience conditions of the kidney, bladder, prostate and male reproductive organs. Urologists provide both surgical and non-operative services to treat conditions including cancer, stones, infection, incontinence, sexual dysfunction and pelvic floor problems.

Clinical Practice

Urologists work within both public and private facilities to provide comprehensive care to both adult and paediatric patients. Urologists provide expertise across a broad spectrum of urological conditions and interventions, both surgical and non-surgical. Procedures commonly performed by urologists include laparoscopy, prostatectomy, nephrectomy, cystectomy, vasectomy and ureteroscopy.

Statistics and information - Urology

Number of specialists - QLD

Number of new fellows - QLD

Number of specialists - AUS

Number of new fellows - AUS

Average weekly hours
QLD

Average Age
QLD

% Aged 60+
QLD

33% of the QLD 2017 workforce intend to retire by 2027

Proportion Female/Male - QLD

Male
Female

Location - QLD

Regional
Major cities

Public/Private QLD

Private
Public

Number of trainees - QLD

Number of new trainees - QLD

Number of trainees - AUS

Number of new trainees - AUS

PGY new trainees - QLD

Proportion Female/Male - QLD

Male
Female

Length of Training

5 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 RACS.

Training program overview

Urology surgery trainees are selected directly into the sub-specialty and progress through the SET (Surgical Education and Training) program, an integrated program designed to provide general surgical skills and advanced clinical urology training to enable trainees to manage patients with kidney, bladder, prostate and male reproductive organ disorders. The main components of SET training are placements in hospital posts, short courses (skills and specialty-specific), research and assessments. Upon completing all requirements of the training program, trainees may apply for admission to Fellowship of RACS.

Eligibility

Applicants must have permanent residency or citizenship of Australia and New Zealand at the time of registration and hold general (unconditional) medical registration in Australia or general scope or restricted general scope registration in the relevant specialty in New Zealand. Applicants are also required to have successfully completed the RACS Hand Hygiene Learning Module and RACS Let’s Operate With Respect eModule and must have passed the RACS Generic Surgical Science Examination (GSSE). In addition, applicants must have completed a minimum of 26 weeks surgery in general rotation (PGY2+), a minimum of 10 weeks emergency medicine rotation (PGY1+) and a minumum of 10 weeks urology rotation (PGY1+) and a minimum of 26 weeks (PGY2+). Further details are available from RACS.

Flexibility

Minimum 50% of full-time commitment however trainees must apply to the relevant specialty board at least 6 months prior to the proposed commencement of part-time training. Training must be completed within 8 years.

Interrupted training

Trainees must apply to the relevant specialty board at least 6 months prior to the commencement of the training year in which the proposed interruption will commence.