Palliative Medicine


  • 3 years full-time Advanced Training
  • Flexible training options are available


Two pathways to enter Advanced Training in Palliative Medicine

  1. Physician Training Pathway (FRACP) – completion of a minimum 3 years Basic Physician Training in Adult Medicine or Paediatrics & Child Health (including passing the RACP written and clinical examinations)
  2. Chapter of Palliative Medicine Pathway (FAChPM) – having obtained Fellowship from another prescribed medical college


36 months training time

Both FRACP and FAChPM pathways train with the same curriculum but requirements for Adult Medicine and Paediatrics & Child Health differ

Adult Medicine Trainees complete six 6-month training terms comprising:

4 x Core Training terms (min 24 months)

  • Palliative care inpatient unit or hospice
  • Community setting
  • Teaching hospital/consultation service
  • Cancer care setting

2 x Non-Core Training terms (max 12 months)

  • Hospital consultation/community/inpatient palliative medicine or relevant specialty
  • Elective

Paediatrics & Child Health Trainees complete 30 months Core training and 6 months Non-Core training across 4 terms

  • Paediatric palliative care training (12 – 18 months)
  • Adult palliative care training (6 – 12 months)
  • Relevant paediatric specialty training (6 months)
  • Non-Core term including other specialties, research or academic study)


  • Case Study
  • Research Project
  • 10 x eLearning Modules in Pain Management
  • 3-day Communication Skills Workshop (recommended)
  • Paediatrics and Child Health Trainees must also complete Developmental and Psychosocial training (minimum 6 months)
  • Cultural Competence and Cultural Safety Module must be completed during Basic or Advanced training for trainees entering Basic Training in 2022 or Advanced Training in 2023 onward
Information from is intended as a summary to assist with career planning and has been developed by The South Eastern Regional Training Hubs Collaboration. While every effort has been made to ensure accuracy, details should be verified through the relevant Specialist College and health services. LAST UPDATED November 15, 2023