Medical Training Review Panel: fourteenth report

RACP - Australasian Faculty of Public Health Medicine

Page last updated: 11 March 2011

Training Program

The Australasian Faculty of Public Health Medicine (AFPHM) training program provides trainees with experience in the practice of public health medicine in appropriately supervised and supported environments. In the course of three years (full-time equivalent), trainees acquire the knowledge, skills and attitudes of a public health physician by completing, with guidance from Regional Education Coordinators, Supervisors, and Mentors, rotations through a variety of public health activities.

A comprehensive list of competencies expected to be possessed by a graduate of the training program forms the basis for developing individual training plans for each year of training. While strongly regional in its focus, the AFPHM training program is supported by an associate director of training based at the College (RACP). The educational activities of the Faculty are overseen by the Faculty Education Committee.

Trainee Selection

For entry into the AFPHM training program, applicants must:

  1. Have obtained general medical registration with the Medical Board of Australia.

    * International Medical Graduates (IMGs) must first have been assessed by the Australian Medical Council (AMC) as being competent to practice medicine in Australia and must provide evidence of satisfactory completion of the AMC Certificate.

  2. Have completed basic training requirements:
    • at least 3 years of medical experience since graduating (including at least 2 years of clinical experience, one of which being the intern year); and
    • have completed, or are enrolled in* a Master of Public Health (or comparable Masters degree), which includes the Faculty's core discipline areas:
      Health Protection (includes Environmental health and/or communicable disease prevention and control)
      Health Promotion
      Health Policy, Planning or Management.

      * The degree program must be completed before applicant can progress to the second year of Advanced Training.

  3. Have obtained a Public Health position in Australia – please note it is the trainee's responsibility to find a suitable position for public health training.

Doctors interested in applying for admission to the faculty's training program are required to contact the regional education coordinator for the region in which they wish to train.

Trainee Assessment

The Faculty introduced a new Assessment Scheme in January 2010, the implementation of which is a staged approach with a view to full implementation in 2012.

The new Assessment Scheme will involve both formative and summative assessment. The main purpose of formative assessment is to provide feedback to guide learning, while summative assessment is concerned with decisions about progress or satisfactory completion of training. The outcome of formative assessment does not count towards progress or completion but participation in formative assessments will be required of all trainees.

For trainees who are eligible and wish to gain Fellowship in 2010, the assessment requirements to be completed this year are as follows:

  1. Completion of 36 units of Advanced Training (confirmed by approved Supervisor's Reports);
  2. Satisfactory completion of three (3) Workplace Reports;
  3. Completion of an oral presentation (a formative assessment requirement);
  4. Submission of a Training Summary;
  5. Satisfactory completion of an oral examination.

Overseas Trained Specialists

Refer to the OTS section under RACP.


The Faculty does not currently accredit training positions; instead it approves individual training programs. A site accreditation process will be introduced in 2011 to accredit training settings that provide a suitable environment for public health medicine training.

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