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Basic Vocational or Prevocational Trainee Medical Officer (PGY2+) Recruitment

Applications are now closed.
Round 1 allocation will occur early September 2016

On this page you will find information about:

  • SA Health
  • Important dates
  • What PGY2+ positions are available?
  • Pre-employment requirements
  • Minimum criteria
  • How to apply for a PGY2+ position in South Australia
  • Shortlisting and selection process
  • Resume/Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  • Referees
  • Matching candidates to positions
  • Communicating with you
  • Terms of Use
  • Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
About SA Health
SA Health is committed to protecting and improving the health of all South Australians by providing leadership in health reform, public health services, health and medical research, policy development and planning, and with an increased focus on well-being, illness prevention, early intervention and quality care.

SA Health is the brand name for the health portfolio of services and agencies responsible to the Minister for Health and Ageing and the Minister for Mental Health.

SA Health comprises all public hospitals and health units across metropolitan and rural South Australia.

The portfolio consists of the:
  • Department for Health and Ageing
  • Central Adelaide Local Health Network
  • Northern Adelaide Local Health Network
  • Southern Adelaide Local Health Network
  • Women's and Children's Health Network
  • Country Health SA Local Health Network
  • SA Ambulance Service
  • SA Pharmacy
  • SA Pathology
  • SA Medical Imaging
It is an exciting time to be working in SA Health. The new Royal Adelaide Hospital will open in 2016 and Transforming Health is changing the way we service the community. Reconfiguring how we deliver services may mean changing the ways we work and, for some, where, at what times and in teams that are formed in new ways. With change will come opportunities for our staff to develop in their roles, enhance their skill sets, and demonstrate their capacity to lead.

In applying to work for SA Health you need to be aware that the changes may affect the location of some training. You may need to move between healthcare services or to a different Local Health Network for all or part of your training year.

Important dates
  • Applications will open on Monday 23 May 2016
  • Applications close on Friday 17 June 2016
  • Round 1 allocation will occur early September 2016
Employment and term dates 2017
  • Term 1:  6 February 2017 - 2 May 2017
  • Term 2:  3 May 2017 - 8 August 2017
  • Term 3:  9 August 2017 - 7 November 2017
  • Term 4:  8 November 2017 - 4 February 2018
What PGY2+ positions are available?
Positions available in South Australian teaching hospitals include:

Basic Voctational or Pre-specialist Training programs that focus on specific specialty areas. These positions will provide you with experience in specific clinical specialties and are suitable if you know the specialty career path you wish to follow. In some cases you will need to be accepted by the relevant specialty college. Information regarding college appointment processes and deadlines can be obtained from the individual colleges.

Prevocational (General) Training programs provide further hospital experience. These positions will provide you with general rotations through medical, surgical, emergency and other units and are suitable if you have not yet decided on a specialist training programme or wish to obtain more experience.

A description of the available training positions is available via the following links:

It is recommended that you read the description for the programs that you are going to preference. Reading this information may assist you to better understand the training opportunities and tailor your application (cover letter and/or application questions).

Pre-employment requirements

All appointments are subject to:
  • verification of registration with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA)
  • criminal history check and subsequent clearance
  • health assessment
  • verification of immunisation status
You will not be able to commence employment if these requirements have not been satisfied. It is your responsibility to have these measures in place by the year commencement date.
Your position will be reallocated if you are unable to start on the commencement date of the clinical year.

Minimum criteria
Australian trained Graduates
To apply for a PGY2+ position in South Australia, you must:

  • have general registration as a medical practitioner in Australia issued by the Medical Board of Australia, OR
  • have provisional registration and be able to provide evidence that you will have general registration on or before the February start date AND
  • be available for a 12 month fulltime contract commencing on the February start date
International Medical Graduates
To apply for a PGY2+ position in South Australia, you must:

  • have general registration as a medical practitioner in Australia issued by the Medical Board of Australia, OR
  • have provisional or limited registration and be able to provide evidence that you have completed or are currently completing an Australian intern year or 12 months of supervised training that meets the requirements of the Medical Board of Australia AND
  • have successfully completed both the Australian Medical Council MCQ and Clinical examination or approved workplace based assessment program AND
  • be able to provide evidence that you will have general registration on or before the February start date AND
  • be available for a 12 month fulltime contract commencing on the February start date
You will not meet the minimum criteria for a PGY2+ position if you do not have, or will not have, general registration with the Medical Board of Australia by the February start date.

Refer to FAQs for further information.

How to apply for a PGY2+ position in South Australia
From 23 May 2016, you may commence your PGY2+ application through the SA Health Careers website. A link to the application will be availabe at the top of this web page.

When it's time to apply, ALL candidates will be required to provide an electronic copy of the following documents in their online application:

  • Resume/Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  • A copy of your passport or citizenship certificate confirming your residency status.
  • Current medical registration certificate from the Medical Board of Australia. A print out from the AHPRA website is acceptable.
Candidates may be required to provide:

  • A covering letter for each position that you select, and/or
  • Answer specific questions about your skills, knowledge, experiences and career direction
International Medical Graduates with limited or provisional registration with the Medical Board of Australia will also be required to provide:

  • Evidence confirming the status of your Australian Medical Council assessments
  • Evidence confirming the completion/progress of your supervised training in Australia
During the application process:

1.  You can select up to three positions and rank them in order of preference (first preference is most preferred)
2.  You must nominate three referees by providing their name, email address and phone number

Refer to FAQs for further information.

Selection and ranking

Following the close of applications, candidates are ranked on merit. The selection and ranking process is undertaken by the position coordinator and panel members. Selection and ranking is based on the information that is provided in your application, Curriculum Vitae (CV) and referee reports. The selection and ranking process may also include an interview, which will be arranged directly with you by the position coordinator.

Resume/Curriculum Vitae (CV)
When writing your CV, be sure to clearly demonstrate your academic and clinical achievements to date.

Specifically, selection panels will be interested in:
  • Evidence of continuing education
  • Quality Improvement
  • Research
  • Teaching
The referee that you provide in your online application should also be noted in your CV.
A CV template is provided in the resources section of the SA MET Unit website. This example is not compulsory to use and is provided as a guide only. 


Referee reports are an essential component of the recruitment process, as these reports assist panel members to make decisions about your suitability for a position.

In your application you are required to provide contact details for three referees. It is your responsibility to ensure that the contact details provided for your referees are correct and that your referees have completed their reports by the due date.

It is recommended that your referee reports are completed by a person who knows your clinical abilities and has been directly involved in supervising your clinical practice. Give careful consideration to your choice of referees. You should discuss this with your referees prior to submitting their names to ensure that they are agreeable, as well as available, to complete the referee report for you before the due date. Referee reports can only be completed online so your nominated referees must have a valid email address.

During the selection process, hospitals may also contact your referees in person or by phone in order to clarify any information provided in your report.

Refer to FAQs for further information.

Matching candidates to positions
SA Health will match candidates to available positions optimising candidate preferences and the ranking lists from the shortlisting process. See allocation example for further information.

There are four rounds of position offers. The first three rounds of offers will be made to candidates who have been matched to basic vocational or pre-speciality training positions.

The fourth round of position offers will be made to candidates who have been matched to General Training or General Practice Training positions.

After the offer rounds are complete, some vacancies may occur due to applicants withdrawing from their offer. Applicants who do not receive an offer throughout the four rounds may be contacted by position coordinators to discuss their employment options and to fill these late vacancies. The position coordinator will notify the central team, which manages the PGY2+ application process, of your discussion and will instruct if an offer should be made.
All correspondence, including a position offer (if one is made) will occur via your registered email address. You must ensure that you enter your email address correctly when registering your application and that you check this email, including your junk/spam folders, regularly.

Communicating with you
You must have a personal email address in order to apply. This email address will be used to make contact with you. SMS text messaging will also be used to communicate with you.
If you do not have a personal email address you can obtain one by signing up with your internet service provider, or from one of the web based email providers such as Google, Hotmail, Yahoo or a range of others.

If you wish to receive SMS text messages please confirm your agreement in your application (First page of application - select 'yes' to receiving SMS notifications).

As all offers are communicated to you via email it is very important for you to have access to your email during the offers notification period (i.e. from September 2016 - January 2017).

If you do not respond to an offer within the specified timeframe your offer will be automatically declined and you will not receive another position offer through this application process.

In instances where you will not have access to email for a period of time it is recommended that you ask a friend or family member to monitor your emails.  

Withdrawing your application
SA Health requests that you withdraw your application in SA if you have accepted a position outside of the PGY2+ application process.

You are able to withdraw your application at any stage by logging into the electronic application system. If you accept a position offer outside of this application process you should withdraw your application from this process. Simply login to your application using your existing login details and press the withdraw button or notify SA Health via email at

Terms of Use
The allocation process is administered by SA Health, represented by the SA MET Unit (Unit).

The allocation system is not a guarantee of placement or employment. Candidates must meet all application requirements and minimum criteria. All applications will be checked for eligibility prior to inclusion in the allocation process.

Candidates must provide complete, accurate information in order to be included in the allocation process. Applications may be terminated and/or the candidate removed from the allocation process if incomplete, false or misleading information is provided.

The Unit reserves the right to request further documentation to substantiate information provided by candidates.

The Unit may, in its absolute discretion, refuse to accept and include in the allocation process any candidate who at any previous time has failed for any reason to accept an allocated position or who resigned from employment with the Local Health Network/hospital within a period of six months of his or her appointment or who has been lawfully dismissed by the Local Health Network/hospital from his or her appointment with or without notice for serious misconduct or for failure to comply with the terms of the contract of employment.

You must provide a valid email address and phone number in order to be included in the allocation process. This is used to communicate with you regarding all aspects of your application. It is your responsibility to ensure that all contact details are correct and updated as required. Although the Unit takes all due care for ensuring that communications are sent when required, no responsibility for receipt of communications is taken.

Although the Unit takes its responsibilities in the allocation process seriously and will endeavour to take any steps reasonably and practically available to it to resolve any unforeseen issues that may arise, the Unit will not be liable to candidates for any errors or omissions that occur.

The Unit does not provide contracts of employment. If an allocation is made, this is done on behalf of the employing Local Health Network/hospital and is not a binding contract. All employment contracts and conditions of employment are matters for agreement between candidates and the employing Local Health Network/hospital.

To limit multiple acceptances across the states, candidates are required to withdraw their application with SA Health if they have accepted a position elsewhere.

The Unit reserves the right to rescind or withdraw an offer if an candiate is identified as having accepted and/or are holding multiple positions in different States and Territories of Australia. Candidates will be notified by email prior to this occurring and provided with a deadline by which to respond.

The information you provide may be used for evaluation, monitoring and quality improvement of the application and/or allocation system. This data may also be used for research. De-identified and summary results may be communicated to medical and other professionals via academic and professional methods of communication. Information may also be used to notify you of updates and new material produced.

See FAQs for further information.

Frequently Asked Questions

You will find the answer to most questions in the Frequently Asked Questions document.

You are requested to read this prior to contacting SA Health.

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