Junior Doctor Training Program Private Hospital Stream

This page contains information on the new Junior Doctor Training Program – Private Hospital Stream (PHS) for PHS 2019 applications.

Page last updated: 19 March 2019

The Junior Doctor Training Program - Private Hospital Stream is designed to increase the nation’s capacity to train junior doctors. This includes supporting training opportunities in private hospitals and in rural and regional locations across Australia.

The Junior Doctor Training Program Private Hospital Stream supports training placements for medical graduates and pre-vocational junior doctors (Postgraduate Years (PGY) 1-3).

In 2019 the Private Hospital Stream is supporting 100 internships nationally. From 2020, this increases to at least 115 internships per annum and aims to include around 80 Postgraduate Years 2 (PGY2) and Postgraduate Year 3 (PGY3) junior doctor training places.

For junior doctor training providers

It is expected that a grant round will be run mid-2019 for private hospitals interested in delivering junior doctor training. More information will be made available on our website about the grant round in the near future.

For candidates interested in junior doctor training

Planning for the PHS in 2020 is in progress. The Expression of interest application dates for interns have not yet been finalised.

Eligibility Requirements for Intern (PGY 1) Junior Doctor Training Places under the Junior Doctor Training Program Private Hospital Stream

Under the PHS, participating private hospitals must prioritise international full fee paying medical graduates from onshore Australian medical schools (Priority One). Should these places not be filled, private hospitals may then recruit other medical graduates eligible for provisional registration (Priority Two).

Priority One category will be allocated to final year medical students who are eligible for an internship under the PHS. Final year medical students must meet 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 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).

Applicants who do not meet the eligibility criteria will be deemed ineligible for this program

Private Hospital Stream 2019

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

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

Further enquiries should be directed to the PHS.2020@health.gov.au inbox.