The Faculty of Pain Medicine offers a training program which comprises a minimum of two years (88 weeks) full-time equivalent of approved clinical experience directly related to pain medicine, distributed over two mandatory stages. Each training stage comprises 44 weeks of clinical activity. The program enables trainees to develop practical clinical skills in a supervised learning environment.


At the completion of the training program the trainee is awarded a certificate of completion of training.


If the trainee has a primary specialist qualification acceptable to the faculty board they are eligible to apply for admission to fellowship of the Faculty of Pain Medicine.

Registering as a FPM trainee


To register as a FPM trainee, the applicant will be required to submit an application form for FPM training along with the required supporting documentation.

Before applying for the training program, please check that you meet the following requirements:

  1. Do you hold a primary medical degree?
  2. Have you completed a primary specialist primary qualification or completed 3 years towards the qualification? This qualification is required to be a Faculty of Pain Medicine Board approved qualification. Please contact the faculty to ensure that your primary specialist qualification is on the list of faculty approved primary specialist qualifications.
  3. Evidence of Medical Registration
The following supporting documentation will need to be submitted along with the application form for FPM training:
  1. Certified copy of the medical primary diploma
  2. Certified copy of the primary specialist qualification or a letter from the primary college certifying that the applicant is a current trainee and has completed a minimum of three years of training towards the primary specialist qualification.
  3. Certified copy of birth certificate or passport identity page.
  4. Certified copy of Medical Registration
  5. Self-signed and dated passport photo to be included on page 2 of the training application form.
  6. Credit card details included on page 4 of the training application form for payment of the Application Fee.
  7. If applicable, a certified copy of Marriage Certificate or Change of Name note.
Page 3 of the application form for FPM training ‘Training Unit Placement(s)’ can be filled out at a later date once you have been accepted into a pain unit accredited for training for Fellowship of the Faculty of Pain Medicine, ANZCA. Some advertised trainee positions can be found on our positions available webpage
Applications can be emailed to or mailed to:

Faculty of Pain Medicine, ANZCA
630 St Kilda Road
Melbourne 3004 VIC

After being accepted into the training program, applicants will be required to complete the Better Pain Management program by the 11th week of training in an accredited training unit. The Better Pain Management program can be accessed in Networks, and each module takes approximately one hour to complete.


Further information about the training program is available in the following key documents:


 • By-law 4 which governs the training program

 • The 2015 curriculum

 • The FPM training handbook


Queries about the training program should be directed to the faculty via

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