The Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP)

Specialty Area

Physician, Various

College Description

The Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP) is the professional medical College of over 17,000 physicians and 8,000 trainee physicians in Australia and New Zealand. The College has two Divisions – Adult Medicine and Paediatrics & Child Health. The two Divisions have Chapters which support practitioners working in the areas of Community Child Health, Palliative Medicine, Addiction Medicine and Sexual Health Medicine. The RACP also has three faculties.

Fellowship Name

Division Training Programs
FRACP Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians

Faculty Training Programs
FAFRM Fellow of the Australasian Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine
FAFOEM Fellow of the Australasian Faculty of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
FAFPHM Fellow of the Australasian Faculty of Public Health Medicine.

Chapter Training Programs
FAChAM Fellow of the Australasian Chapter of Addiction Medicine
FAChPM Fellow of the Australasian Chapter of Palliative Medicine
FAChSHM Fellow of the Australasian Chapter of Sexual Health Medicine

Fellowship Description

There are 33 specialty training programs with over 60 pathways to fellowship offered by the RACP. In Australia and New Zealand RACP physicians and paediatricians are medical doctors who have completed Basic Training followed by Advanced Training in a medical specialty to diagnose and manage complex medical conditions. Physicians treat the medical conditions of adults and paediatricians treat infants, children and adolescents. Physicians are sometimes referred to as specialists, specialist physicians or consultant physicians.

Indigenous Entry Path



145 Macquarie St
Sydney NSW 2000

Level 4, 99 The Terrace
Wellington 6011
New Zealand

Contact Information


There are 33 specialty training programs with over 60 pathways to fellowship offered by the RACP, go to the website for more details.


Basic Training is the first step to becoming a Physician at the RACP followed by Advanced Training in your chosen specialty. To be eligible to start Basic Training you must:

  • Complete a medical degree accredited by the Australian Medical Council (AMC) or Medical Council of New Zealand (MCNZ)
  • Have a general medical registration with the Medical Board of Australia, or a medical registration with a general scope of practice with the MCNZ
  • Have satisfactorily completed at least an intern year (post graduate year one)
  • Be employed by an RACP accredited hospital (where you will do your Basic Training)
  • Discuss your application and receive approval from the site (or network) Director of Physician Education (DPE)

Advanced Training pathways will depend on your chosen medical specialty. Each specialty has specific entry requirements that you must meet before applying. Visit the Advanced Training Program web page for your chosen specialty to learn more about entry requirements.


Indigenous Entry Pathways Description

Not applicable.

Key Dates

Both the RACP Divisional Written and Clinical examinations are held annually, the Written in February and the Clinical in June (NZ) & July (AUS). For information regarding Faculty and Chapter examinations visit the website.

Placement Requirements

RACP facilitates training at accredited training sites in Australia, New Zealand and overseas for over 6,000 students in 33 diverse medical specialties, including six joint training programs.
Basic Training must take place in an RACP accredited hospital and involves rotations to a number of sites, Advanced Training positions are accredited by the appropriate Advanced Training Committee and vary depending on specialty.


Trainees complete work-based assessments and examinations as part of the program requirements for their training program.

Basic Trainees complete:

  • Work-based assessments each training rotation / training year
  • The Divisional Written Examination and Divisional Clinical Examination at the end of Basic Training

Advanced Trainees complete various work-based assessments during their training. Depending on the Advanced Training program, Advanced Trainees may also complete examinations.

For specific program related details visit the RACP website.

Enrolment & Fees

Visit the RACP website for up to date information on training fees.


In line with the RACP’s Indigenous Strategic Framework and the priority of ‘Growing the Indigenous physician workforce’. The College is currently investigating ways to increase Indigenous entry into training with explicit attraction, recruitment and retention strategy to grow the number Māori and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander physician trainees.


Indigenous Mentoring Programs, networks, support programs etc

RACP Support Program – Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples Helpline.

College Scholarships

RACP Indigenous Health scholarship.

Financial Assistance

Full time trainees undertaking 12 months of training may pay their fees in two equal instalments. These instalments are due in May and October of the training year.

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