Junior Doctor Training Program Private Hospital Stream

This page contains information on the Junior Doctor Training Program – Private Hospital Stream (PHS) for the 2021 cohort.

Page last updated: 20 May 2020

About Junior Doctor Training Program - Private Hospital Stream (PHS)

The PHS is an ongoing program that consolidates and streamlines the former Commonwealth Medical Internship initiative with other Commonwealth investments in private hospital junior doctor training.

PHS is designed to increase national capacity to deliver medical internships and support junior doctors to work in expanded settings, including working rurally to improve access to medical services in rural communities. All doctors participating in the program must complete at least one rural rotation each year.

The PHS funded internships are targeted at full-fee paying international medical graduates of onshore Australian medical schools as all domestic medical graduates are expected to be placed into an internship by states and territories.

The PHS supports private hospitals to employ junior doctors in their postgraduate years (PGY 1, 2 and 3).

From 2020-22, the PHS will support nationally up to 115 internships each year, as well as around 80 places for PGY 2 and 3 junior doctors.

For candidates interested in applying for a PHS 2021 internship

For PGY 1 funded places, the Department conducts an annual Expression of Interest (EOI) process for eligible applicants to express interest in a PHS funded medical internship place. This EOI process is for PGY1 only. The PHS EOI process opens annually around September/October after most state and territory internship positions have been offered and filled.

Following the EOI process a list of eligible candidates will be created.  All recruitment activity is conducted by participating hospitals who will use the list of eligible candidates to fill their places.

The timeline for recruitment activities for a PHS 2021 internship will be published later this year.

Please note: Inclusion on the eligible candidates list does not guarantee an internship place, all employment decisions are made by each hospital in accordance with their recruitment and selection processes.

For PGY 2 and 3 funded places, The Department does not mandate eligibility criteria. The recruitment and employment arrangements for participating hospitals seeking to employ PGY2 and PGY3 junior doctors is determined by each hospital to meet their service need requirements. The Department has no role in recruitment activity.

Eligibility Requirements for PHS Internships

Priority One

Participating private hospitals must prioritise eligible international full-fee paying medical graduates from onshore Australian medical schools, referred to as ‘Priority One’ category into PHS PGY1 funded places.

In order to be considered for Priority One category, applicants must meet ALL of the following eligibility criteria at the time of application to be considered as an eligible candidate:

  • 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

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 from the eligible candidates list. This category will only be considered when the list of Priority One eligible candidates is exhausted and there are vacant positions available.

In order to be considered for Priority Two category, applicants must meet ALL of the following eligibility criteria to be considered:

  • have Medical Board of Australia (MBA) provisional registration 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

Applicants 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 for PHS outlined above.

List of Funded Hospitals – 2020-22

Private Hospitals funded to deliver the Private Hospital Stream in 2020-22 are:

  • Mater Health Services North Queensland (delivering PGY1 places)
  • Mercy Health and Aged Care Central QLD - Friendly Society Hospital, Bundaberg; Mater Private Hospital, Bundaberg; Bundaberg Base Hospital, Bundaberg; Mackay Base Hospital, Mackay; Mater Misericordiae Hospital, Mackay (delivering PGY1, PGY2 and PGY3 places)
  • MQ Health (Macquarie University Hospital) (delivering PGY1 places)
  • St John of God Ballarat Hospital – Grampians Intern Training Program (delivering PGY1 places)
  • Mater Hospital Sydney (delivering PGY1 places)
  • St Vincent’s Private Hospital Sydney (delivering PGY1 places)
  • Ramsay Health Care WA (Joondalup) (delivering PGY1, PGY2 and PGY3 places)
  • Greenslopes Private Hospital (delivering PGY1, PGY2 and PGY3 places)
  • Calvary Health Care Riverina (delivering PGY2 places)

Applicants should not make direct contact with the above listed funded private hospitals. The Department sets both a recruitment and offer period, which provides enough time for funded private hospitals to contact eligible candidates of interest and to make offers of employment. This process aligns with the state and territory recruitment processes and the national audit process in which the Department participates.

Further Information

Further enquiries should be directed to the PHS2021@health.gov.au inbox.