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The aim of the Victorian Palliative Medicine Training Program (VPMTP) is to build and sustain a high quality palliative medicine workforce in Victoria.  This includes providing specialist palliative care physicians, as well as doctors from other specialties, with the necessary knowledge and skills to practice palliative medicine as part of their clinical workload.



  • increase the number of specialist palliative medicine trainees
  • coordinate the existing training opportunities
  • ensure that specialist training positions meet the requirements of the Royal Australian College of Physicians
  • create new training opportunities in consultancy, inpatient and community palliative care services
  • provide a single point of access for the medical workforce wishing to pursue additional training in palliative medicine, irrespective of background
  • hold a database for the number and location of specialist palliative medicine training positions
  • increase awareness and promotion of palliative medicine education and training opportunities
  • target the program to specialist palliative medicine trainees, physician trainees in other specialty areas and general
  • practitioners wishing to develop palliative medicine skills
  • ensure that the generalist medical workforce has access to training in the palliative approach
  • develop and maintain a suitable model of support that addresses future workforce issues

Executive Committee

The VPMTP Executive Committee meets every six weeks. Its membership consists of the program’s Medical Training Coordinator, Advisory Committee Chair and Administration Officer and, the Centre for Palliative Care’s Director, Deputy Director – Education, and Head of Operations.

Click here for the Executive Committee’s Terms of Reference.

Advisory Committee

The program’s Advisory Committee meets quarterly and its membership includes the Executive Committee members, representatives from the palliative care services in Victoria, the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services, the Royal Australian College of Practitioners, the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners, and trainees.  

Click here for the Advisory Committee Terms of Reference.

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