Will COVID-19 affect my chances of gaining registration required to commence internship?
SA Health and Ahpra are being asked a range of questions about how the Boards would respond to requests for changes to the way that Ahpra registers individuals in the context of managing the health sector impacts of COVID-19.
As an overriding principle, the Boards are prepared to be flexible in their approach although safety remains the highest priority. In this context, Ahpra are considering how their regulatory requirements can adapt to emergency health service needs and support health service delivery while continuing to protect the public.
SA Health will take advice from Ahpra on how applications should be treated and/or requirements met.
Ahpra is working to answer applicant questions as soon as possible and will be providing regular updates at https://www.ahpra.gov.au/News/COVID-19.aspx. If your query is not answered in the information detailed, please contact Ahpra via email COVID19@ahpra.gov.au.
Which training health networks are in South Australia and where are they located?
|Royal Adelaide Hospital
|Port Road, ADELAIDE SA 5000 – 1.5km from Adelaide CBD
|The Queen Elizabeth Hospital
|28 Woodville Road, WOODVILLE SA 5011 – 8.9 km West of Adelaide CBD
|Port Lincoln Health Service
|Oxford Terrace, PORT LINCOLN SA 5606 – 686 km from Adelaide
|Port Augusta Hospital and Regional Health Service
|71 Hospital Road, PORT AUGUSTA SA 5700 – 280 km North West of Adelaide
|Whyalla Hospital and Health Service
|20 Wood Terrace, WHYALLA SA 5600 – 380 km North West of Adelaide
|Mount Gambier and Districts Health Service
|276-300 Wehl Street North, MOUNT GAMBIER SA 5290 – 430 km South East of Adelaide
|Lyell McEwin Hospital
|Haydown Road, ELIZABETH VALE SA 5112 – 24 km North of Adelaide CBD
|Smart Road, MODBURY SA 5092 – 15.4 km North East of Adelaide CBD
|Riverland General Hospital
|10 Maddern Street, BERRI SA 5343 – 230 km North East of Adelaide
|Flinders Medical Centre
|Flinders Drive, BEDFORD PARK SA 5042 – 12.4 km South of Adelaide CBD
|Alexander Kelly Drive, NOARLUNGA CENTRE SA 5168 – 31.4 km South of Adelaide CBD
What is the Role Description for Internship?
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What is the Rural Intern Pathway?
The Rural Intern Pathway is a strength-based recruitment process for applicants who are interested in undertaking their internship (and potentially subsequent years) in rural hospitals within rural SA. Rural intern positions provide broad opportunities in unique settings and are best suited for medical graduates with a history of living or working in a rural area or a desire to commence a career in the country.
How many positions are there in rural SA?
In 2022 clinical year, for example, there were a total of 18 positions based in Rural LHNs comprising of five Northern and Eyre Training Network positions, eight Limestone Coast Local Health Network positions and five Riverland Mallee Coorong Local Health Network positions.
What selection criteria is used to assess my application?
Within your application you will be asked to provide a current curriculum vitae, referee details and answer some short answer questions. You may also be invited to attend an interview.
Why is there a requirement to answer short answer questions in the application form?
Your responses to the short answer questions will provide the selection panel insight into your motives for seeking a position within a rural South Australian LHN.
Do I need to nominate referees?
Yes, you will be required to nominate three referees within your online application.
Will I have to attend an interview?
If you are shortlisted for a country position you will be invited to attend an interview.
If I receive an offer and decline, will I still be offered a metro position?
No, you will not receive any further offers in South Australia.
How are interns selected for a METRO intern position?
Applicants are randomly allocated to intern positions by considering an applicant’s intern appointment category group and the order of an applicant’s Local Health Network preferences.
The allocation sequence follows the intern appointment category groups. Starting with the intern appointment category group 1.1, and depending on available positions, applicants are randomly selected and allocated to their highest possible preference if there are positions available.
How are interns selected for a RURAL intern position?
Please refer to the Rural Intern Pathway section (page 15-17 of the Application Guideline).
Am I likely to be offered an intern position in SA?
SA Health is not able to determine the likelihood of any applicant being offered an intern position. Once the allocation process has commenced, updates on the progress will be posted regularly on the Intern Allocation Update section of the SA MET website and SA MET Facebook page.
Does SA Health provide internship positions for medical graduates who graduate mid-year?
No, applicants must be able to begin working on the January start date and fulfil the minimum 12 month contract. For employment outside of this time frame, please contact the Local Health Networks directly.
I applied for an intern position in SA last year and was unsuccessful in obtaining an internship. Can I apply again this year, and will I be in the same category group?
Yes, you are welcome to apply again if you have graduated within the last two years (2021-2022). Category groups are reviewed annually, and applications will be validated and categorised according to these prescribed groups at the time of application.
Can I defer my internship?
If you are offered an intern position in South Australia you must be able to commence work on the January start date. Internships are not permitted to be deferred. If you wish to take a year off before undertaking your internship you will need to apply again the following year.
You should also note that the Medical Board of Australia has specific requirements for registration that limits the time that an individual may defer undertaking their internship in order to obtain registration. Longer periods may require written permission from the MBA and may involve the individual attending retraining in the final year of the undergraduate course. For more information, please review the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (Ahpra) website.
I am a Commonwealth supported graduate from SA, when will I be offered an intern position?
The first round of offers will commence on a nationally agreed date; you will receive an offer if you have been matched to your first preference. Not all Commonwealth supported applicants will receive an offer on this date as SA Health will wait for responses to offers before undertaking round two. This may increase applicant opportunities of receiving their first preferences in round two.
Please be aware that positions become available as declines are received and with increasing graduate numbers it may take some time for you to receive your offer of internship for 2023. SA Health requests that you please remain patient.
I am a Commonwealth supported graduate from SA, will I be offered my first preference?
With high graduate numbers the opportunity to receive your first preference becomes increasingly limited. After the initial allocation rounds are undertaken, offers will be made to all available positions and some applicants will receive their second, or subsequent preferences.
Please remember you will only receive one offer from SA Health, if you decline an offer you will not be offered another position.
I really want to complete my internship at a specific Local Health Network. In my application, can I choose the same network more than once?
No, you are not able to choose the same network more than once. Applicants must rank the seven South Australian Local Health Networks in order of preference, choosing each of the Local Health Network options only once.
What if I do not get my first location preference?
You will only be made one offer; this offer will be based on your preferences and the availability of positions. Please consider the offer carefully and do not reject on the basis that you may receive another offer. You will only receive a single offer from SA Health.
Do I notify you if I am declining an offer?
Yes, SA Health needs to hear from you if you are declining an offer. This ensures that the place can be offered to another applicant. Clear instructions on how to accept or decline an offer will be included in any correspondence to successful candidates.
If I receive an offer but don’t respond by the due date indicated in the email, will you accept a late response?
No. If your response to an offer is not received by the date and time indicated in your offer, SA Health will withdraw the offer of employment and the position will be offered to another applicant. You will not receive any further offers by SA Health.
I have accepted an intern offer, however will not be in the country before my commencement date. Who is responsible for ensuring all pre-employment preparation is undertaken?
You are fully responsible for all aspects pertaining to your pre-employment leading to employment. You may choose to elect a nominee to act on your behalf in your absence. Please ensure your mail is forwarded to you and that you allow enough time before your commencement date to complete the contract requirements (e.g. Medical Registration, immunisation, Criminal History Check, Pre-employment Health Assessment etc.) on your return to Australia.
If you do not satisfy all pre-employment conditions prior to commencement the offer will be withdrawn.
How will I find out if I have received a position offer?
SA Health will send correspondence to you via email. You may only have a short time to respond therefore it is recommended that you monitor your email regularly. Alternatively, you may log in to the system to check the status of your application.
What do I do if I’m not matched to a position?
If you have not been matched to a position at the end of the allocation process, your name will be provided to the National Late Vacancy Management (LVM) process. Please do not contact SA Health to obtain an update on the progress of your application during the allocation rounds. The status of your application can be checked online.
Can I move into another Local Health Network position (e.g. preferred position) that becomes available when someone else withdraws after my initial acceptance?
Once you have been matched to a position, your only options are to accept or decline the offered position. SA Health will only offer you one position.
Am I able to swap my allocation with another person?
No, swapping allocations is not permitted in South Australia.
What happens if I am offered a position in SA but am waiting on an offer from interstate?
You can initially accept an offer in SA and wait to receive an offer from interstate. However, as soon as you accept an offer from interstate, you are required to withdraw your acceptance via your online account. It is not acceptable to hold two or more offers from various jurisdictions for a period of more than 72 hours.
The National Audit of Intern Acceptances and Unplaced Applicants works to reduce the number of duplicate acceptances across all states and territories. You will be contacted if you continue to hold more than one position for an extended period of time.
SA Health reserves the right to withdraw offers from applicants who are holding onto two or more intern positions across Australia.
How do I withdraw my application from the allocation process?
Once you have submitted your South Australia application you may withdraw at any time. Simply log in to your South Australia application using your existing login details and press the ‘withdraw’ button.
SA Health requests that you withdraw your application in SA if you have accepted a position in an interstate hospital.
What is the salary of an intern?
Please refer to the SA Health Salaried Medical Officers Enterprise Agreement (SMOEA).
How do I apply and where is the application form?
Applications and all supporting documents will be accepted online only.
The application form will be accessible via the SA Health Careers website. The link to the job application will not be visible until the application opening date of Monday 8 May 2023.
Can I log out of my application and come back another time?
Once you have started your application you can log in as many times as you like. If you are unable to complete your application in one sitting – please ensure you save any changes before exiting the application.
Will SA Health contact me after the application closing date if I have provided insufficient information in my application?
You are responsible for providing complete and accurate documentation within your application by the closing date, ie Thursday 8 June 2023. If insufficient documentation is received you will not be included in the allocation process. If your application is deemed ineligible after you have submitted it, you will receive an automated email notifying you of this.
What if I am not able to complete my application by the closing date?
Application closing dates are agreed to by all Australian states and territories and apply to all applicants applying for an intern position in Australia. In order to be considered for a position, you must complete your application by the closing date of applications ie. Thursday 8 June 2023. Late applications will NOT be accepted.
What if I don’t have an email address?
To apply for an internship each applicant must have their own personal email address. This is used as your user identification and to communicate with you. There are a number of options available for email addresses. These include:
> Use of a personal hospital/health service email address.
> Use of a personal or private email address.
> If you do not have either of the above, you could obtain a personal email address by signing up for one with your internet service provider, or from one of the web based email providers such as Google, Hotmail, Yahoo or a range of other providers.
> Utilise an email address that belongs to a family member or friend (e.g. husband, wife, son, daughter, sister, brother etc.). However, remember that you will need to obtain copies of all communications that are emailed to this address.
Many internet service providers allow multiple email addresses and a family member may be able to utilise this facility for you.
What is credentialling?
All public health care facilities must abide by the Credentialling and Defining the Scope of Clinical Practice for Medical and Dental Practitioners Policy Directive, which was developed under regulation 29 of the Health Care Regulations 2008 – South Australian legislation.
SA Health’s Credentialling and Defining the Scope of Clinical Practice for Medical and Dental Practitioners Policy Directive makes explicit what is required for defining and reviewing the credentials and scope of clinical practice for medical and dental practitioners working in SA Health facilities. Credentialling is a fundamental part of ensuring high quality health care services and to protect the community from harm.
All medical practitioners, including interns, who undertake clinical practice, must be credentialled. To streamline the credentialling process, in your application for internship you will be required to provide referee contact information.
What should I do if I feel I need extra assistance in my intern year?
Please do not hesitate to express your concerns at any time to your Medical Education Officer or Trainee Medical Officer Manager at your employing network.
When do I need to provide my supporting documents?
You will need to upload all the required documentation in your online application by the closing date, ie. Thursday 8 June 2023.
Does any of the supporting documentation need to be certified?
The majority of required supporting documentation does not need to be certified for your online application. However, if you are required to upload a statutory declaration as part of your application, this document needs to be signed in the presence of an Authorised person and certified by a Justice of the Peace.
Do I need to provide a statutory declaration?
All medical graduates of an overseas university that is not accredited by the Australian Medical Council are required to provide a statutory declaration stating that they have NOT commenced or completed an internship or worked as a doctor before.
Why do you need my passport or citizenship certificate?
In order to apply for an internship in South Australia, you will need to provide proof of your citizenship status, the most common way to provide proof of citizenship is a passport or citizenship certificate.
What if I don’t have a passport or citizenship certificate?
Refer to Documentation requirements (page 9 of the Application Guideline) for alternative documents that can be provided. If you require further assistance, please contact HealthSAMET@sa.gov.au and insert ‘2023 intern query’ in the subject line.
Where can I get my Medical Intern Placement Number (Ahpra number)?
You will be required to provide your Medical Intern Placement Number (MIPN) in your application. Australian graduates must contact their university to obtain this number as Ahpra provides these numbers directly to the universities. Overseas graduates can leave this field blank.
Why do you need my CV if the allocation process is random?
After the allocation has occurred, LHNs like to familiarise themselves with your skills and knowledge. Your CVs will provide some insight into your history.
Where can I find an example of a CV?
A CV template is provided in the Resources section of the SA MET Unit website.
Do I need to nominate referees in my application and/or CV?
Yes, all applicants are required to nominate three referees within their internship application. Referees will be contacted via email to complete an online referee report.
I don’t have a Department of Human Services (DHS) checks and/or South Australian Police (SAPOL) National Police Clearance (NPC). Will this make my application ineligible?
No, if you do not have the required clearances or only have some of these checks your application will not be marked ineligible. You will however be required to have satisfactory clearances before you commence work.
Why am I required to provide my vaccination status?
You are required to provide your vaccination status if you are applying for a role defined as risk category A (involving direct contact with blood or body substances) or risk category B (involving indirect contact with blood or body substances). This is not a mandatory part of the application form, however you will be required to provide confirmation of immune status and/or participate in screening and/or vaccination prior to any offer of employment being confirmed, e.g. contract issued. Refer SA Health Policy for further information.
How do I upload a document into my application?
To upload a file:
- Click ‘Upload file‘.
- Select the file from your computer.
- Press ‘Open’, to send the document to us, the document may take a few minutes depending on the speed of your internet connection to upload.
To review a file that you have uploaded, please move to another page then come back to the previous page. This will allow you to view and confirm you have loaded the correct document.
To delete a file that you have uploaded, click ‘Delete‘.
What can I do if I am having difficulty uploading a document to support my application?
In the application process, all documents must be uploaded in the following formats:
However, for large documents they should be in DOC, DOCX or PDF format ONLY.
Each document can be up to 10MB in size but cannot exceed 10MB. The file size is ample for any document to be uploaded.
If you have any difficulties uploading your documents please seek private IT support as most solutions relate to your own individual equipment.
Can my referee complete a paper-based report for me?
No, all referee reports must be completed online. As referee reports can only be completed online, your nominated referees must have a valid email address. A unique link specific to your application will be automatically generated and emailed to your referee. Your referee may then commence their online referee report.
Can I get a copy of my referee reports?
Referee reports are provided in confidence and will not be provided to applicants or to any institution outside of the SA Health internship application process.
What kind of information is asked for in the referee reports?
Please see example referee report on the SA MET website. The actual referee reports may vary slightly from this version.
I have entered a wrong email address for a referee. How can I fix this?
You must ensure that the referee’s email address is correct. This is used by SA Health to communicate with the referee and to provide instructions for completing your referee report. If the referee’s email address has been entered incorrectly, you will need to contact HealthSAMET@sa.gov.au in order for this to be updated.
One of my referees has told me they cannot complete my report. What should I do now?
If one of your nominated referees is unable to complete the referee report, you will need to contact SA MET in order to nominate an alternate referee.
It is important that you obtain the agreement of your nominated referees before entering their details into your application. You should ensure that your referees have access to email and that they have a good understanding of your skills, knowledge and attitude.
My referee has not completed the report. What should I do?
It is your responsibility to ensure that referees complete and submit their reports by the due date. You may check the status of your referee reports by logging into your online application. There may be a slight delay with the status updates as the process is not automated.
I have been nominated as a referee by an applicant, but I am unable to complete the report. What should I do?
If for any reason you are unable to complete the referee report, please contact the applicant directly and advise them. The applicant may be able to arrange for an alternative referee to be nominated.
My referee does not have an email address. Does this matter?
All communication with referees is undertaken via email and all referees must have an email address. This may be one of their own (hospital or personal) or it could be a member of the administrative staff in their clinical unit.
My nominated referee has more than one email address. Can I enter all of these?
Please only provide ONE email address for each referee. It is up to you to ensure that this email address is the referee’s preferred contact and that it is entered correctly. If you enter multiple email addresses into the email field, unfortunately that referee will be unable to be contacted.
Can I apply for a special consideration?
Medical graduates who can demonstrate ‘exceptional circumstance’ to undertake their intern position at a particular hospital network or location may apply for special consideration within their online application.
Evidence supporting your exceptional circumstance: In order to apply for a special consideration internship you must be able to provide evidence as to why your circumstances are exceptional in nature.
Criteria that may be considered as exceptional circumstances include, but are not limited to:
> Major health problems requiring frequent and ongoing highly specialised treatment only available in certain locations;
> Responsibility for dependants who are unable to relocate to regional SA with the applicant.
In SA, three of the seven training networks are located in the metropolitan region, as a result, special consideration requests based on transport issues will not be considered.
Special consideration applications will be assessed on a case-by-case basis.
Can I complete my internship on a part-time basis?
Part-time intern appointments may be considered by some health networks, however part-time positions are not guaranteed. LHNs may be more likely to accommodate part-time applicants who apply with a job-share partner. Job share applicants must nominate identical network preferences and commit to accepting a part-time position in SA if offered.
Applicants wishing to apply for internship on a part-time basis must meet the relevant minimum criteria. During the allocation process, part-time applications will be discussed with the relevant health network and each case considered on an individual basis.
Applicants who wish to apply for internship on a part-time or job-share basis must provide:
> Details of your job-share partner if you have negotiated this with another applicant. SA Health reserves the right to request further documentation or evidence to substantiate information provided by applicants.
For more information on part-time internship, refer to the Part-time and Job-share information guide.
Can my partner and I apply as a couple in South Australia?
Couple applications will be considered only if there are exceptional circumstances where married or de-facto applicants are required to apply together. Both members must apply for special consideration in their individual application forms and must nominate identical network preferences.
You may not apply for special consideration purely based on a relationship. However, graduates in a couple relationship who can demonstrate “exceptional circumstances” to undertake their intern position in a particular region may apply for special consideration.
Criteria that may be considered as exceptional circumstances include:
> Major health problems requiring frequent and ongoing highly specialised treatment only available in certain locations.
> Responsibility for dependants who are unable to relocate to regional SA with the applicant.
In SA, three of the seven training networks are located in the metropolitan region. As a result, special consideration requests based on transport issues will not be considered.
Couples who wish to apply for special consideration based on exceptional circumstances must provide the following documentation:
> Evidence supporting your exceptional circumstance. In order to apply for a special consideration internship, you must be able to provide evidence as to why your circumstances are exceptional in nature.
> Marriage certificate or evidence of a de facto relationship
Special consideration applications will be assessed on a case by case basis.
How will my special consideration request be assessed?
A Medical Officer Appointment Working Group made up of representatives from each LHN will assess each special consideration request and the supporting documentation provided and make a determination. Special considerations will be applied if and when an applicant is allocated to an intern position. Applicants will not be contacted to advise of the outcome of their request.
Do I need to complete an English language skills test?
All applicants for an intern position in South Australia must be able to demonstrate that they have met the English Language Skills Registration Standard set by the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency prior to finalising their application. Refer English language skills registration standard (medical) for requirements.
Can I change the documents I uploaded or provide additional documents after I have submitted my application?
No. You are unable to change or upload additional documents once you have submitted your application. Applicants have a four week period in which to complete the online application form. You are encouraged to check all information in your online application as well as check to ensure all documents you upload are the correct documents and are legible. There will be instructions within the application form about how to upload and check your documents.
Once you have submitted your application and after the application closing date you can only change your contact details and withdraw your application.
What data will be collected?
Information from applications for internships will be disclosed to the National Data Manager for the National Audit project. The information disclosed will be restricted to the following:
> First Name
> Date of birth
> University at which you are currently studying or studied
> Residency status
> E-mail address
> Phone/Mobile number
> Ahpra student registration number
This information will only be disclosed to the National Administrators. The Administrators will use the information to determine the total number of applications received nationally, whether applicants have applied for and accepted multiple positions and whether applicants are yet to receive an offer of a position anywhere nationally.
What is the National Late Vacancy Management Process?
Please refer to the National Late Vacancy Management Process section (page 20 of the Application Guideline).
What else can I do to gain an internship in Australia?
You may be eligible for a Junior Doctor Training Program Private Hospital Stream position. This initiative is designed to increase the nation’s capacity to train medical interns in alternative settings, such as private hospitals, and in rural and regional Australia, where there are traditionally fewer options for internship training. These places are only available to eligible international full-fee paying medical students from onshore medical schools in Australia having completed all their medical degree in Australia.
For further information visit the Department of Health website.
I’m on a student visa, am I eligible for a working visa?
Depending on your individual circumstances, you may need to seek advice from an immigration agent. Visa processing can take time therefore it is recommended that you familiarise yourself with the requirements for your situation.
Will all international applicants need to provide evidence of completing the AMC exams?
Graduates of overseas universities that are not accredited by the Australian Medical Council (AMC) are required to complete both Part 1 and 2 AMC exams if applying for a metropolitan position at SA Health. Applicants wishing to apply for a rural position at SA Health are required to have successfully completed the AMC Part 1 (MCQ) exam.
Australian universities are accredited by the AMC therefore the requirement to sit the AMC exams does not apply to Australian medical graduates. Visit the AMC website and Ahpra website for more information.
Last updated: March 2022