Junior Doctor Training Program Private Hospital Stream

This page contains information on the Junior Doctor Training Program – Private Hospital Stream (PHS) for 2020.

Page last updated: 17 October 2019

IMPORTANT NOTE: The Expression of Interest process for PHS internship places closed on Friday 4 October 2019. The department is not accepting any late applications.

The Junior Doctor Training Program - Private Hospital Stream (PHS) is designed to increase national capacity to train junior doctors in expanded settings and improve access to medical services for Australians living in rural communities. The PHS supports private hospitals to employ junior doctors in postgraduate years (PGY) 1, 2 and 3, with all doctors completing at least one rural rotation.

In 2020, the PHS will support 115 internships nationally, as well as around 80 PGY 2 and 3 junior doctor training places.

The PHS streamlines the former Commonwealth Medical Internships Program and other Commonwealth investments in private hospital junior doctor training.

For PGY 1 doctors (medical interns), the PHS is targeted at full-fee paying international medical graduates of onshore universities. This is because state and territory governments guarantee internships for medical students in Commonwealth supported places and are the major employers of medical interns in Australia.

The PHS internship round is separate and complementary to the state and territory intern recruitment process, and funds additional Commonwealth funded medical internship places to assist with meeting demand for medical internships from Australian-trained medical graduates.

To be considered for a PHS internship, applicants must meet all eligibility requirements. This includes that they have not been offered a state or territory internship when they apply to PHS. The Expression of Interest (EOI) process conducted by the Department is only for eligible applicants seeking a medical internship position. Following the EOI process, all recruitment activity is conducted by participating hospitals.

Additional information: See 'For candidates interested in applying for a PHS 2020 internship’ below

For PGY 2-3 doctors, the process for filling positions is managed independently by the participating hospitals in accordance with their standard recruitment processes (the Department does not have a role in this process). All recruitment activity is conducted by participating hospitals.

Additional information: See ‘Recruitment Process for PGY 2 and PGY 3 Junior Doctors under the PHS’ below

For candidates interested in applying for a PHS 2020 internship

The Department is responsible for undertaking an EOI process for candidates interested in applying for a PHS internship. This EOI process is for internships (PGY1) only.

The PHS EOI process opens annually after most state and territory internship positions have been offered and filled. The table below shows the timeline for final year medical students applying for a PHS 2020 internship.

PHS 2020 internship application timeline

Activity Timeframe
PHS 2020 EOI internship applications open 9am (AEST) on Thursday, 19 September 2019
PHS 2020 EOI internship applications close 5pm (AEST) on Friday, 4 October 2019

Department has now finalised the EOI process, and the EOI applicant register has been provided to participating private hospitals for recruitment purposes. It will be up to the participating private hospital to contact candidates for recruitment purposes during the hospital recruitment period. Candidates should ensure they are contactable during this time (approximately mid-October to mid-November). The Department is not involved in the hospital recruitment of interns. Hospitals are not to be contacted by candidates, unless they have contacted you first.

The Application Form can be found below: “Application Form for internship placements under the PHS”

Eligibility Requirements for PHS Internships

Under the PHS, participating private hospitals must prioritise eligible international full fee paying medical graduates from onshore Australian medical schools (referred to as ‘Priority One’ category).

Should the PHS places not be filled with applicants from the Priority One category, private hospitals may recruit eligible applicants with provisional registration (referred to as ‘Priority Two’ category).

Priority One category will be allocated to onshore Australian-trained final year medical students who are eligible for an internship under the PHS. Final year medical students must meet all of the following eligibility criteria to be considered:

  • be a full-fee paying international student completing their medical degree during the current calendar year from an onshore medical school in Australia, having completed all of their medical degree in Australia (short-term elective rotations completed offshore will not exclude applicants provided rotations have university approval); and
  • have met the Medical Board of Australia (MBA) English language proficiency requirements for registration purposes (provisional registration as a medical practitioner cannot be obtained without meeting this standard); and
  • not be an Australian Citizen; and
  • commit to obtaining an appropriate visa to work in Australia during the internship year (refer to the Department of Home Affairs website for details).

Priority Two category will be considered when the list of Priority One applicants is exhausted and there are vacant PHS internship positions available. Priority Two applicants must meet all of the following eligibility criteria to be considered:

  • have met MBA provisional registration requirements as a medical practitioner; and
  • have met the MBA English language proficiency requirements for registration purposes (provisional registration as a medical practitioner cannot be obtained without meeting this standard); and
  • commit to obtaining an appropriate visa to work in Australia during the internship year (refer to the Department of Home Affairs website for details).

Those not eligible for an internship placement under the PHS

Medical students and medical graduates are not eligible for a placement under the PHS if they:

  • have already been offered an internship position from a state or territory for the next calendar year, and this offer is available at the time of applying for a PHS internship under the EOI process; and/or
  • cannot demonstrate that they have met the Medical Board of Australia English language requirements at the time of application for the PHS; and/or
  • do not meet the eligibility criteria outlined above.

Expression of Interest Application Form for internship placements under the PHS

PDF Version: Application Form for internship placements under the PHS (PDF 190 KB)
Word version: Application Form for internship placements under the PHS (Word 64 KB)

Recruitment Process for PGY 2 and PGY 3 Junior Doctors under the PHS

The Department of Health does not participate in any employment activities in relation to PGY 2 and PGY 3 junior doctors under the PHS. These activities are administered and managed by the participating private hospitals using their usual recruitment processes. The Government does not mandate specific targeting of PGY2 and 3 recruitment and selection, and the employment arrangements for hospitals seeking to engage these doctors are a matter for them. The Department has no role in this recruitment.

Information for junior doctor training providers

The Grant Opportunity GO2337 for the PHS for 2020, 2021 and 2022 has closed and is currently under assessment. It is anticipated that applicants (private hospitals) will be informed of the outcome in September 2019.

All information regarding this grant opportunity can be found on the whole-of-government GrantConnect web page. Please note that you will be required to register to access the documents.

List of Participating Hospitals - 2019

Private Hospitals participating in delivering the Private Hospital Stream in 2019 are:

  • Mater Health Services North Queensland
  • Mercy Health and Aged Care Central QLD
  • MQ Health (Macquarie University Hospital)
  • St John of God Ballarat Hospital
  • Mater Hospital Sydney
  • St Vincent’s Private Hospital Sydney
  • Ramsay Health Care WA (Joondalup)
  • Greenslopes Private Hospital

List of Participating Hospitals - 2020

The list of private hospitals participating in the PHS in 2020 will be uploaded here in the coming months. Note: Hospitals are not to be contacted by candidates, unless they have made contact with you first.

Further Information

Further enquiries should be directed to the PHS2020@health.gov.au inbox.