Anatomical Pathology

Anatomical pathologists utilise a broad knowledge base and clinical understanding of the pathological and clinical aspects of diseases. Clinical pathologists undertake tissue diagnosis to identify abnormalities, thereby supporting medical diagnosis, patient management and medical research. Common conditions identified by anatomical pathologists include tumours and cancers, autoimmune disorders and infections. Tissue analysis may be via macroscopic pathology, histopathology, cytopathology and morbid anatomy procedures.

Clinical Practice

Anatomical pathologists are employed within both public and private healthcare settings, working as part of multidisciplinary teams to provide advice to other doctors including physicians, surgeons and general practitioners.

Statistics and information - Anatomical Pathology

Number of specialists - QLD

Number of new fellows - QLD

Number of specialists - AUS

Number of new fellows - AUS

Average weekly hours

Average Age

% Aged 60+

37% of 2018 workforce intend to retire by 2028

Proportion Female/Male - QLD


Location - QLD

Major cities

Public/Private QLD


Number of trainees - QLD

Number of new trainees - QLD

Number of trainees - AUS

Number of new trainees - AUS

PGY new trainees - QLD

Proportion Female/Male - QLD


Length of Training

5 years full-time

Method of Allocation

College-selected trainees may be allocated to a training post by:

  • College
  • Queensland Health pathway/network (centrally coordinated)
  • Queensland Health facility (accredited for training)

Training and assessment summary

Appointments to Queensland Pathology Training Programs are coordinated by the Medical Support Unit, Pathology Queensland (Health Support Queensland) in conjunction with Pathology Queensland's State Directors and Coordinators of Education and Training. Pathology recruitment is centralised by discipline/sub-specialty and not by facility. Training is accredited through the RCPA.

Training program overview

Anatomical pathology training includes surgical pathology, morbid anatomy and cytopathology, incorporating work-based learning and assessment across four general functions of anatomical pathologists - discipline specific functions as a medical specialist in a laboratory, functions as a manager in the laboratory, research and scholarship and professional attributes. Upon completing all requirements of the training program, trainees may apply for admission to Fellowship of the Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia (FRCPA). Fellows in anatomical may elect to undertake post-fellowship training leading to a Diploma in Forensic Pathology.


Applicants must hold registration as a medical practitioner with a minimum of 2 years of postgraduate experience. Applicants must be employed in an accredited laboratory before seeking registration with the college.


Minimum 20% of full-time commitment.

Interrupted training

Allowed - no limit is placed on the time taken to complete training.

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