Medical Training Review Panel: Seventeenth Report

Accredited Training

Page last updated: 09 April 2014

Table 4.1 and Table 4.2 present data on basic and advanced accredited training available in 2013. Medical colleges differ in their approaches to accrediting training. The majority of medical colleges accredit positions or posts. For some of these all positions or posts will be filled, while for others the number of accredited positions/posts equates with the possible number of trainees that could occupy the identified places available at the beginning of the year. Just five colleges (ACEM, ANZCA, CICM, RANZCOG and RANZCP) now only accredit facilities, including hospitals and other sites, to undertake training, or accredit programs that can be run in a number of sites. The RACP accredits both facilities and posts, depending on specific training programs offered.

Data on the number of positions or posts and facilities or programs that have been accredited to undertake training are reported in Table 4.1 for those colleges where basic training is a requirement. All medical colleges provide some form of accredited advanced training. These data are presented in Table 4.2.

Table 4.1: Basic training: Positions/posts and facilities/programs by medical specialty, 2013
Medical specialtyCollege
Accreditation approach
Positions/Posts
Facilities/Programs

(a) ACRRM accepts posts accredited by State Postgraduate Medical Councils for this stage of training but also has standards to accredit posts if required. The number of Postgraduate Medical Council accredited posts is not included in this figure, only posts by ACRRM.
(b) The number of approved programs is based on the number of trainees training in Australia. It does not include trainees currently based overseas.
(c) Positions/Posts are individual training positions. These are spread across the Facilities/Programs that are accredited to train.
(d) Positions/Posts are individual training positions. These numbers are determined by regional committees. Facilities/Programs are sites that are accredited to train.
(e) The number of sites accredited for basic training, including secondment sites.

Source: Medical colleges

Adult medicine RACP
(b)2,475
(e)167
AnaesthesiaANZCA
..
102
DermatologyACD
(c)46
(c)44
Emergency medicineACEM
..
106
General practice RACGP
1,596
..
General practice ACRRM(a)
2
..
Intensive careCICM
..
94
Obstetrics and gynaecologyRANZCOG
(d)356
(d)91
OphthalmologyRANZCO
53
..
Paediatrics RACP
(b)812
(e)97
PsychiatryRANZCP
..
19
Table 4.2: Advanced training: Positions/posts and facilities/programs by medical specialty, 2013
Medical specialty
College
Accreditation approach
Positions/Posts
Facilities/Programs

(a) Advanced training positions not officially accredited other than prospective approval of the post.
(b) Palliative medicine sites are included with those from Adult Medicine.
(c) Positions/Posts are the number of trainees. Facilities/Programs are the number of individually accredited laboratories by discipline within Australia. Note that some may not have current trainees.
(d) Positions/Posts are individual training positions. These are spread across the Facilities/Programs that are accredited to train.
(e) Includes 49 training posts that are both basic and advanced.
(f) Includes 61 Joint Consultative Committee Anaesthetics and Advanced Diploma RANZCOG posts which may be recorded elsewhere in the report.
(g) RACMA has a number of candidates who are not required to undertake supervised training in an accredited position as they are on the Accelerated Pathway to Fellowship.
(h) Includes year 3 and 4 trainees only. Trainees in year 5 (final year) do not have to be in accredited posts, instead they must have an individual program of training approved which is specific to their training needs or interests. This is often a fellowship position in Australia or overseas.

Source: Medical colleges

Addiction medicineRACP
..
17
Adult medicine RACP
..
217
AnaesthesiaANZCA
..
107
Anaesthesia - pain medicineANZCA
..
25
DermatologyACD
(d)49
(d)44
Emergency medicineACEM
..
106
General practice RACGP
(e)343
..
General practice ACRRM
(f)742
..
Intensive careCICM
..
78
Medical administrationRACMA
(g)89
..
Obstetrics and gynaecology(a)RANZCOG
159
..
OphthalmologyRANZCO
(h)60
..
Paediatrics RACP
..
138
Palliative medicine(b)RACP
..
..
Pathology(c)RCPA
301
355
Pathology and RACP (jointly)RCPA/RACP
213
..
PsychiatryRANZCP
..
61
Radiation OncologyRANZCR
(d)122
(d)45
RadiodiagnosisRANZCR
(d)364
(d)107
Rehabilitation medicineRACP
..
122
Sexual health medicineRACP
..
26
Sport and exercise medicineACSP
31
..
SurgeryRACS
1,042
..