Short-term training pathway

Applicants who wish to enter a short-term training (STT) position in specialist anaesthesia or pain medicine in Australia must be assessed for the purpose of medical registration. This pathway does not lead to fellowship.

Our role is to assess the suitability of the STT applicant for a proposed position and advise the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).

The initial support for an STT will be for a maximum of 12 calendar months from the date of commencement in the position.

Prior to applying, we advise all applicants to contact the Australian Medical Council (AMC) and set up a portfolio to submit their qualifications for primary source verification and nominate either ANZCA or FPM to undertake your STT assessment.

Employers must submit the necessary documentation directly to ANZCA, which considers whether an applicant is suitable for the position described. 

Employers make the final determination about the most suitable applicant. To apply to the College for assessment you must complete the relevant Medical Board of Australia application form AAMC-30 and send it to us. Applicants will also be required to submit their primary medical qualification for primary source verification via the AMC portal.

What should my application include?

To apply for the Short Term Training pathway you must complete the relevant Medical Board of Australia application form AAMC-30 and send it to us together with the other information outlined below.

  • Application fee
  • Curriculum vitae (in the ANZCA/FPM format)
  • Position description (in the ANZCA/FPM format).
  • Training program which must include at a minimum (if required):
    • Purpose
    • Anticipated duration
    • Location
    • Content and structure of training
    • The anticipated date of any examinations or assessments.
  • Evidence of having uploaded relevant medical qualifications to the AMC portal for primary source verification:
    • Primary qualification.
  • Specialist qualification or a statement from the college/training institute detailing:
    • Confirmation of trainee status.
    • Content, structure and duration of training program.
    • Confirmation that the trainee is within two years from completion of the training.
    • Confirmation that the trainee has passed a basic specialist exam or satisfactorily completed substantial training.

Should your application for STT be supported by  the College, that support will be for the period specified in the position description supplied.

Please submit your documentation via email:


Pain specialists


Extending your STT position

You may be eligible to apply to extend your current STT position. The AMC usually allows applicants to continue in the STT pathway for a total of 24 months.

If you're applying to extend a new role, you'll need to submit a new STT application (with all the supporting documentation) and pay the associated fee.

To apply for an extension you will need to provide us with an updated CV and PD variation (in the correct proforma), along with copies of the MBA “work performance reports” and your extension fee.

Please submit your documentation via email:


STT fees and forms

Last updated 14:14 26.03.2024