Intern positions

This page provides information about Intern positions in both the Top End Health Service (TEHS) and the Central Australia Health Service (CAHS). For general employment conditions, go to the Medical officers employment conditions page.


Intern positions are available to graduates of accredited Australian or New Zealand universities, and offer the core requirements:

The NT Prevocational Medical Assurance Services (PMAS) conducts a central review of eligible applicants and all intern positions are allocated within the two health services.

  • Both health services are accredited to meet the 47 week minimum MBA general registration standard, offering both core and elective terms.
  • TEHS has a five-term Internship year - Interns work at Gove and Katherine as well as Royal Darwin hospitals.
  • CAHS has a four-term Internship year - Interns work at Tennant Creek as well as Alice Springs hospitals.

Eligible applicants are allocated intern positions in line with the Northern Territory category groups (see below). Within the relevant category groups, applicants are allocated to their highest possible Health Service preference, pending availability of a position.

Overall the intern allocation process is based on an applicant's category group, Health Service preference and the number of positions available in each health service. The application is via the national process and information can be found on the NT Prevocational Medical Assurance Services website.

Please note the application process for both health services require separate applications. For general enquiries regarding intern applications email InternsNT.DoH@nt.gov.au or phone (08) 89 992836.

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The Central Australian Health Service (CAHS) comprises of Alice Springs and Tennant Creek Hospitals.

CAHS is accredited by the Prevocational Medical Assurance Services (PMAS) on behalf of the Medical Board of the Northern Territory for intern training and has as a dynamic clinical training program which incorporates all junior medical officers.

CAHS Intern Program

Interns are in postgraduate year 1 (PGY1) and are provisionally registered by the Medical Board of Australia (MBA) administered through Australian Health Practitioners Regulatory Authority (AHPRA). There are currently 24 accredited Intern positions available at CAHS.

General registration is granted after successful completion of the Internship (PGY1) program.  This includes:

  • A minimum of 47 weeks full-time equivalent service,
  • Satisfactory completion of 3 core terms:
    • General Medicine - at least 10 weeks
    • General Surgery - at least 10 weeks; and
    • Emergency Medical Care - at least 8 weeks

Four term rotations are offered at CAHS. Interns undertake the following;

  • 3 core rotations:
    • Medicine or Renal (accredited as a core Medical term)
    • Surgery or Orthopaedics (accredited as a core Surgical term)
    • Emergency
  • · An elective term consisting of one of the following rotations;
    • Medicine
    • Renal
    • Surgery
    • Orthopaedics
    • Emergency
    • Alcohol and Other Drugs (AOD)
    • Paediatrics
    • Rural Generalist at Tennant Creek Hospital (TCH)

Elective term positions are allocated randomly, however those who are keen to rotate to TCH may indicate this in their application to CAHS.

Teaching

CAHS provides an outstanding junior doctor training program with an award winning team of educators and clinicians deeply committed to offering the junior doctor a rich and diverse education and training program that reflects the unique challenges that come with working in Indigenous health and rural and remote locations. Strong intern and RMO representation on the Medical Training Committee offers a voice for support and change to the junior doctor experience at ASH.

Junior Doctors are supported to attend regular education and up-skilling sessions, covering broad areas of professional development, including Simulation, with all teaching and training occurring in the purpose built, state of the art Research, Education and Training (R.E.D.) Centre. This is supplemented by robust and current junior doctor departmental teaching.

Formal and informal teaching sessions related to the specific terms are delivered weekly by consultants and registrars. Most departments will have regular formal grand rounds, journal clubs and specific sessions where all junior doctors; particularly interns, are encouraged to attend.

The education and training program for interns is mapped to the Australian Curriculum Framework for Junior Doctors. Term Descriptions provided at the Term orientation will show how an intern may meet the framework in that term.

The Northern Territory has a strong focus on generalism for their training programs. You will, at the Intern and Resident Medical Officer Levels have the opportunity to consolidate, maintain and widen your knowledge, skills and experience, as well as have access to opportunities to explore potential careers in rural and remote settings.

Hospital orientation

Interns undertake an Orientation program prior to commencing ward duties.  The time allocated for this mandatory orientation is up to 10 days. The orientation is predominantly hands-on and interactive. Key elements include skills sessions utilising the simulation laboratory, cultural competencies, use of the electronic health systems used throughout the hospital and health service, and an introduction to management of unique and complex patient presentations.

You will be advised when the intern orientation is scheduled. Please note that orientation specific to each department takes place at the commencement of each term throughout Internship.

Supervision

Supervision is provided to all Interns as part of their intern education and training program. It also contributes to developing their transition to safe independent practice. Each department/division has a term supervisor who is responsible for coordinating and ensuring intern training and supervision occurs for that term. Each intern will also have a clinical supervisor within their team who provides education and training on the job, may give career advice and guide the intern to achieve their learning goals.

Interns will meet with their supervisors at the start of each term to define learning objectives through discussing the intern's expectations, understand the supervisor's expectations and the role and responsibility of the intern within that team. Interns meet with their supervisors mid tem for a formative assessment, to ensure that they are performing to their set goals and to discuss any concerns. The end of term assessment is a formal, summative assessment which contributes to gaining full registration at the end of the intern year. These assessments will be discussed at your term orientation and usually comprise of, but are not limited to direct observation, participation in case studies and other department/division education and training sessions.

CAHS Intern term dates 2021

Orientation

Wednesday 6thto Friday 15thJanuary 2021

Term 1

Monday 18th January to Sunday 18th April 2021

Term 2

Monday 19th April to Sunday 18th July 2021

Term 3

Monday19th July to Sunday 17th October 2021

Term 4

Monday 18th October 2021 to Sunday 23rd January 2022 (14 week term)

Interns are in postgraduate year 1 (PGY1) and are provisionally registered by the Medical Board of Australia (MBA) administered through Australian Health Practitioners Regulatory Authority (AHPRA). General registration is granted after successful completion of the Internship PGY1 a minimum of 47 weeks full-time equivalent service, which includes three core terms giving experience in:

  • Medicine: at least 10 weeks
  • Surgery: at least 10 weeks and
  • Emergency medical care: at least 8 weeks.

On and off site accommodation is available at Royal Darwin, Katherine and Gove hospitals for up to 12 weeks for Interns relocation from interstate.

RDPH supports relocation costs for Interns relocating from interstate.

Hospital orientation

Interns undertake an orientation program prior to commencing ward duties.

The time allocated for this mandatory orientation is up to 10 days depending on the health service you are employed at. The orientation is predominantly hands-on and interactive. Key elements include skills sessions utilising the simulation laboratory, cultural competencies, use of the electronic health systems used throughout the hospital and health service, and an introduction to management of unique and complex patient presentations.

You will be advised by your employing hospital when the hospital orientation is scheduled. Both hospitals usually run their orientations in early January which can commence in the first or second week of January.

Please note that orientation specific to each department takes place at the commencement of each term throughout Internship.

Supervision

Supervision is provided to all Interns as part of their intern education and training program. It also contributes to developing their transition to safe independent practice. Each department/division has a term supervisor who is responsible for coordinating and ensuring intern training and supervision occurs for that term. Each intern will also have a clinical supervisor within their team who provides education and training on the job, may give career advice and guide the intern to achieve their learning goals.

Interns will meet with their supervisors at the start of each term to define learning objectives through discussing the intern's expectations, understand the supervisor's expectations and the role and responsibility of the intern within that team.

Interns meet with their supervisors mid term for a formative assessment, to ensure that they are performing to their set goals and to discuss any concerns. The end of term assessment is a formal, summative assessment which contributes to gaining full registration at the end of the intern year. These assessments will be discussed at your term orientation and usually comprise of, but are not limited to direct observation, participation in case studies and other department/division education and training sessions.

Education and training

The Royal Darwin Hospitals is a teaching hospital, with strong links to the Northern Territory Medical Program, Flinders University and James Cook University College of Medicine.

The hospital's Medical Education Unit (MEU) provides a comprehensive training program for junior medical officers. Interns have the opportunity to attend weekly protected training sessions which delivers topics that are relevant and applicable to a medical officer at the intern level of training. The hospital requests the input from Interns and use that feedback from participating junior doctors to inform and improve the program delivered.

Formal and informal teaching sessions related to the specific terms are delivered weekly by consultants and registrars. Most departments will have regular formal grand rounds, journal clubs and specific sessions where all junior doctors, particularly interns, are encouraged to attend.

The education and training program for interns is mapped to the Australian Curriculum Framework for Junior Doctors. Term descriptions provided at the term orientation will show how an intern may meet the framework in that term.

The Northern Territory has a strong focus on generalism for their training programs. You will, at the Intern and Resident Medical Officer levels have the opportunity to consolidate, maintain and widen your knowledge, skills and experience, as well as have access to opportunities to explore potential careers in rural and remote settings.

  • The number of Intern places in the Northern Territory are limited and therefore are very competitive.
  • To be eligible as an Intern applicant in the Northern Territory you must not have completed a medical Internship previously.
  • If you have completed an internship previously (overseas), please go to the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) website for more information.

The applicant eligibility categories in order of selection for Internship in the Northern Territory are:

Category

Criteria

A

NT Medical Program Bonded Scheme / Return of Service Obligation (RoSO) applicants (guaranteed placement)

B

NT Indigenous applicants who have completed medical degrees at accredited Australian and New Zealand medical schools who are:

  • NT Indigenous scholarship holders
  • Identified as an NT Indigenous resident

C

Non NT Indigenous applicants.

D

NT applicants (non-Indigenous) who have completed medical degrees at accredited Australian and New Zealand medical schools who are:

  • NT scholarship holders
  • Identified as an NT resident (may include non-bonded JCU/Flinders NTMP students)

E

Australian applicants (non-Indigenous / non NT residents):

  • Previous experience working/studying in NT (JCU/Flinders/Other university student placements)
  • Previous experience in a rural, remote and Indigenous health location/s (eg. Aboriginal Medical Services, Rural Clinical Schools, involvement in Rural Student Clubs and those applicants who come from rural, and remote locations)

F

International applicants on a student visa, now an Australian medical graduate who have:

  • Previous experience working/studying in NT (JCU/Flinders/Other university student placements)
  • Previous experience in a rural, remote and Indigenous health location/s (e.g. Aboriginal Medical Services, Rural Clinical Schools, involvement in Rural Student Clubs and those applicants who come from rural, and remote locations)

G

International medical degree applicants who have:

  • Previous experience in NT student placements/clinical observers
  • Experience in rural, remote and Indigenous health locations.

Applications are made through a centralised online job application portal:

  1. Go to the NT Jobs portal and search for available jobs with the keyword 'Intern'.
    1. You may apply for either or both CAHS or TEHS positions.
  2. Submit your application online through the portal, ensuring you:
    • upload all supporting documents, and
    • provide three referees who are registered medical specialists.

The CAHS and TEHS health services will make employment offers to those applicants who have met the Northern Territory Intern recruitment requirements.

The health services will only contact the referees of short-listed applicants.

To assist States and Territories with the filling of intern positions, a national audit of internship acceptances for the following clinical year will occur. Information disclosed will be restricted to name, date of birth, university attended or attending, student number, Australian Health Practitioners Registration Authority (AHPRA) Registration number, email address, contact number and residency status.

The information will not be used to influence or determine the outcome of an applicant's application. This information may be used by States and Territories to determine whether applicants have accepted multiple positions. Specific information will not be disclosed to persons not involved in the audit.

Applicants who are identified as having accepted more than one position will be contacted by the National Intern Data Audit Manager by phone or email and asked to withdraw from all intern positions within 48 hours, except for the one where they intend to undertake their internship commencing in the following year. Applicants may access any of their information held by the National Intern Data Audit by contacting the National Audit Data Manager.

For general enquiries regarding this process or to access your information email the National Intern Data Audit Manager at Datamanager@health.nsw.gov.au

Last updated: 15 July 2020

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