Private Hospital Stream

The Private Hospital Stream is part of the Junior Doctor Training Program. It supports education, training and supervision for junior doctors in private hospitals, supporting junior doctors to work in expanded settings, including working in rural communities.

About the PHS

The Private Hospital Stream (PHS) funds private hospitals to deliver medical internships and support junior doctors to work in expanded settings. It has a strong focus on supporting training for junior doctors in rural, regional and remote areas in Modified Monash (MM) 2 to 7 locations.

A junior doctor is a doctor who has completed medical school and gained provisional or general registration but has not entered a vocational training program.

This includes fostering partnerships between private hospital providers, rural public hospitals and other training settings (such as Aboriginal Medical Services) working as part of expanded training networks.

The PHS:

  • supports private hospitals to employ junior doctors in Postgraduate Years (PGY) 1, 2 and 3
  • increases the national capacity to deliver medical internships
  • supports junior doctors to work in expanded settings, including working in rural communities.

Internships and places

The PHS currently supports up to 115 internships and up to 80 PGY 2 and 3 eligible junior doctor places each training year.

Expression of Interest (EOI) internships

We run an annual EOI internship process for junior doctor applicants to express interest in a PHS-funded medical internship place.

This EOI process is only for PGY 1 funded places. It opens each year after state and territory governments have offered and filled their internship positions.

The PHS EOI process for the 2024 training year is now closed. The department does not accept any late applications.


The program divides applicants into 2 categories – Priority One and Priority Two.

Priority One eligibility criteria

The Priority One category is for final year medical students who meet all eligibility criteria for an internship under the PHS.

You are Priority One if you:

  • are a full-fee-paying international student completing your medical degree during the current calendar year from a medical school in Australia, having completed all of your medical degree in Australia (university-approved, short-term elective rotations completed overseas are allowed)
  • have met the Medical Board of Australia (MBA) English language proficiency requirements for registration purposes
  • are not an Australian Citizen
  • commit to getting a visa to work in Australia during your internship year (see the Department of Home Affairs for visa details).

Priority Two eligibility criteria

You are Priority Two if you:

  • have MBA provisional registration as a medical practitioner
  • have met the MBA English language proficiency requirements for registration purposes
  • commit to getting a visa to work in Australia during your internship year (see the Department of Home Affairs for visa details).

The Priority Two candidate list is given to the private hospitals to consider eligible candidates if vacancies remain after the Priority One candidate list has been utilised.

Who is not eligible

You are not eligible to apply for the PHS if you:

  • do not meet the Priority One or Priority Two eligibility criteria
  • have accepted an internship position from a state or territory government.

Recruitment process

We set both a recruitment and offer period. This provides enough time for funded private hospitals to contact eligible people and offer them employment.

This process aligns with the state and territory government recruitment processes and the national audit process, which we participate in.

We forward applications to the PHS participating private hospitals by the due dates each year.

The PHS participating private hospitals do eligibility checks. They will contact eligible applicants they want to interview.

Applicants should not make direct contact with the PHS participating hospitals.

Category prioritisation

PHS participating private hospitals must fill PGY 1 places with Priority One applicants first.

If there are still places available after the Priority One list is finished, the hospitals can then recruit Priority Two applicants.  This category will only be considered when the list of Priority One eligible candidates is exhausted and there are vacant positions available.

PGY 2 and 3 funded places

PHS participating private hospitals make their own recruitment and employment arrangements for PGY 2 and 3 junior doctors. This allows them to meet their own service needs.

We have no role in the PGY 2 and 3 recruitment, so we do not set eligibility criteria for PGY 2 and 3 funded places.

If you are a PGY 2 or 3 doctor funded under the PHS, you must complete at least one rural rotation each year.

PHS-funded hospitals

We fund the following private hospitals to deliver the PHS from 2020 to 2024:

  • Mater Misericordiae Limited Queensland through
    • Mater Health Services North Queensland (delivering PGY 1 places)
    • Mercy Health and Aged Care Central Queensland through Mater Private Hospital Bundaberg, Friendly Society Private Hospital Bundaberg, Bundaberg Base Hospital Bundaberg, Mackay Base Hospital Mackay and Mater Misericordiae Hospital Mackay (delivering PGY 1, 2 and 3 places)
  • Greenslopes Private Hospital, Queensland (delivering PGY 1, 2 and 3 places)
  • Calvary Health Care Riverina, New South Wales (delivering PGY 2 places)
  • Mater Hospital Sydney (delivering PGY 1 places)
  • St Vincent’s Private Hospital Sydney (delivering PGY 1 places)
  • MQ Health, New South Wales (Macquarie University Hospital) (deliver PGY 1 places)
  • St John of God Ballarat Hospital, Victoria – Grampians Intern Training Program (delivering PGY 1 places)
  • Ramsay Health Care, Western Australia (Joondalup) (delivering PGY 1, 2 and 3 places).


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