Junior Doctor Training Program Private Hospital Stream

This page contains information on the Junior Doctor Training Program – Private Hospital Stream

Page last updated: 17 September 2021

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

The PHS is a key element of the Stronger Rural Health Strategy announced in the 2018-19 Federal Budget.

The PHS is designed to increase national capacity to deliver medical internships and support junior doctors to work in expanded settings, with a strong focus on supporting training for junior doctors in rural, regional and remote areas in Modified Monash (MM) 2-7 locations. 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 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 a State and Territory Government. The program supports participating private hospitals to employ junior doctors in their Postgraduate Years (PGY) 1, 2 and 3. All doctors participating in the program must complete at least one rural rotation each year.

The PHS will support up to 115 internships and up to 80 PGY 2 and 3 eligible junior doctor places in the 2020, 2021 and 2022 training years.

PHS Expression of Interest (EOI) Internships

The Department conducts 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 and opens annually after most State and Territory Government funded internship positions have been offered and filled.

The EOI process for 2020 and 2021 is now complete.

The EOI process for 2022 will open on Monday, 20 September 2021. Please refer to the PHS 2022 internship key dates section below and note the PHS 2022 Application Form will be uploaded closer to the open period.

The following Frequently Asked Questions have been developed for applicants applying under the 2022 PHS EOI recruitment process:

Frequently Asked Questions for applicants (PDF 161 KB)
Frequently Asked Questions for applicants (Word 37 KB)

PHS EOI Application Form

Private Hospital Stream (PHS) Expression of Interest (EOI) Internship form (PDF 197 KB)
Private Hospital Stream (PHS) Expression of Interest (EOI) Internship form (Word 75 KB)

Please note: the Department will not accept PHS EOI Application Forms if they are incomplete or received before 9am (Australian Eastern Standard Time) on Monday, 20 September 2021 or after 5pm (Australian Eastern Daylight Time) on Tuesday, 5 October 2021.

PHS Eligibility

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

Priority One applicants will be prioritised over Priority Two applicants.

Priority One Eligibility Criteria

The Priority One category will be allocated to final year medical students who meet all eligibility criteria for an internship under the PHS. Final year medical students must:

  • 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 at https://www.homeaffairs.gov.au).

Priority Two Eligibility Criteria

Priority Two category applicants must meet all of the following eligibility criteria to be considered:

  • have 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 at https://www.homeaffairs.gov.au).

Ineligibility

Applicants are ineligible to apply for the PHS EOI if they:

  • do not meet the Priority One or Priority Two eligibility criteria to apply for the PHS EOI process; and/or
  • have accepted an internship position from a State or Territory Government for 2022.

Important Information

Recruitment Process

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 Government recruitment processes and the National Audit Process in which the Department participates.

The Department’s role is to forward applications to the PHS participating private hospitals specific to their recruitment and selection purposes as per the schedule in the PHS 2022 internship key dates section below.

The PHS participating private hospitals will undertake eligibility checks and contact eligible applicants they are interested in interviewing for the PHS EOI process.

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

Category prioritisation

PHS 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 PGY 1 funded places.

Should the PHS places not be filled with applicants from the Priority One category, PHS participating 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.

PGY 2 and 3 funded places

The Department has no role in the PGY 2 and 3 recruitment activity and therefore does not mandate eligibility criteria for PGY 2 and 3 funded places.

The recruitment and employment arrangements for PHS participating private hospitals seeking to employ PGY 2 and 3 junior doctors is determined by each hospital to meet their service need requirements.

All PGY 2 and 3 doctors funded under the PHS must complete at least one rural rotation annually.

PHS 2022 internship key dates

Activity Timeframe
PHS 2022 EOI internship applications open for eligible applicants 9am (Australian Eastern Standard Time) on Monday 20 September 2021
PHS 2022 EOI internship applications close 5pm (Australian Eastern Daylight Time) on Tuesday 5 October 2021
Validate eligible applicants list (Priority 1)
Department finalises EOI applications and consults with the National Intern Audit Manager (Health Education and Training Institute) to identify applicants who have received a state/territory internship offer through rounds 1, 2 and 3 (these applicants are ineligible for the PHS)

Tuesday 12 October 2021

Distribute eligible applicants list (Priority 1)
Department sends eligible applicant list to PHS participating private hospitals
Tuesday 12 October 2021
Hospital recruitment planning period (Priority 1)
No offers are made during this time, but PHS participating private hospitals will interview and shortlist applicants to be offered an internship.
Wednesday 13 October 2021 to
Friday 22 October 2021
Hospital recruitment period (offer period)

PHS participating private hospitals will provide applicants no longer than 48 hours to accept the offer being made.

Please note that this period is relevant to Priority One candidates only.

If a PHS participating private hospital has vacancies after the hospital recruitment period has closed, they may recruit from the Priority One list in consultation with the Department. If vacancies remain after the Priority One candidate list has been utilised then private hospitals will be provided with the Priority Two reserve list to consider eligible candidates to fill any vacant internship places. This is to ensure all places are filled.

Monday 25 October 2021 to
Friday 19 November 2021

2020-2022 PHS Funded Hospitals

The following is the list of Private Hospitals funded to deliver the PHS from 2020-2022:

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

Further Information

Further enquiries should be directed to the PHS2022@health.gov.au inbox.