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Intern Recruitment

Applications closed on Friday 3 June 2016
Round 1 allocation will occur on Monday 11 July 2016

On this page you will find information about:
  • SA Health
  • Important dates
  • Pre-employment requirements
  • Minimum criteria
  • How to apply for a medical internship in South Australia
  • Applicant categories
  • What training health networks are there in South Australia
  • Rotation preferencing
  • English language requirements
  • Enterprise Patient Administration System (EPAS)
  • 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
Important dates
  • Applications open on Monday 9 May 2016
  • Applications close on Friday 3 June 2016
  • Round 1 allocation occurs on Monday 11 July 2016
Employment and term dates 2017
  • Term 1:  4 January 2017 - 28 March 2017 (includes compulsory orientation)
  • Term 2:  29 March 2017 - 6 June 2017
  • Term 3:  7 June 2017 - 22 August 2017
  • Term 4:  23 August 2017 - 31 October 2017
  • Term 5:  1 November 2017 - 16 January 2018
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 your internship if these requirements are not satisfied.

In the event you are unable to meet these requirements your position will be reallocated.
 
It is recommended all applicants register with AHPRA as soon as possible and no later than two weeks prior to your scheduled commencement.

Minimum criteria
To apply for an internship in South Australia you must:
  • have graduated from Medical school in an Australian or New Zealand university in the last three years
  • be an Australian Citizen, Australian Permanent Resident, Australian Temporary Resident, New Zealand Citizen, New Zealand Permanent Resident OR have studied in an overseas campus of an Australian University
  • have a visa or residency status that allows you to work unrestricted in Australia for the duration of your prevocational training
  • be able to begin working on the January start date, which includes compulsory orientation, and fulfil the minimum 12 month contract
  • have NOT commenced or completed an internship in Australia or NZ before
  • have met the English Language Skills Registration standard set by the Medical Board of Australia
  • have completed Enterprise Patient Administration System (EPAS) training
  • have completed and submitted an online application, including the provision of valid supporting documentation, by the application closing date.Late applications will not be accepted.
How to apply for an internship in South Australia
From 9 May 2016, you may commence your application for internship via the SA Health Careers website. A link to the application form will be available at the top of this web page.

You will be required to upload some or all of these documents with your application. Other requirements may be added, so regularly check the website for information.
  • Your Medical intern placement number (AHPRA number)
  • A copy of your passport or citizenship certificate
  • Where you have changed your name you will need to upload satisfactory evidence (e.g. marriage certificate, divorce certificate, change of name by deed poll etc.)
  • A copy of your Visa - evidence needs to include your name and visa status
  • A copy of your University transcript (an unofficial copy is acceptable) - evidence must include University name and/or logo, Student Name and details and academic results
  • A current resume/curriculum vitae
  • Evidence confirming the location of your last two years of secondary schooling (e.g. High School transcript, letter of attendance from school or certificates, or documentation on official school letter head) 
  • Evidence confirming that you meet the English language requirements set out by AHPRA
  • Evidence confirming that you have met the Enterprise Patient Administration System (EPAS) requirements. (Registration of EPAS training will close on Tuesday 31 May at 17:00 ACST)
The online application form will guide you through the process and will indicate what documents will be required.

Please refer to FAQs for further information.

The FAQs also includes advice about 'special consideration' requests.

Allocation process
All States and Territories in Australia commence their intern allocation on the same day (e.g.  Monday 11 July 2016). South Australia conducts a central allocation of suitable applicants and all intern positions are allocated within a Local Health Networks.

Suitable applicants are allocated intern positions in line with the South Australian category groups (Table 1) and by using a randomisation matching process. Within the relevant category groups, applicants are allocated to their highest possible preference (pending availability of a position).
 
Overall, the intern allocation process is based on an applicant's category group, Local Health Network preference, and the number of positions available in each Local Health Network. Within the category groups applicants are randomly allocated their highest possible Local Health Network preference.

Allocation is an ongoing process and the timing of offers is dependent on positions becoming available due to applicant's declining their offer. As positions become available additional allocation matching rounds are undertaken. The same category groups and allocation process is applied during these rounds.

Offers of provisional employment are made using the electronic application system and individuals are advised via email. Applicants may accept or decline their provisional offer via the electronic application system. Local Health Networks are responsible for arranging employment contracts for those who have accepted a position.

Table 1:
In South Australia, the category groups are defined as follows:

Category 1: Australian Citizens, Australian Permanent Residents and New Zealand Citizens
1.1 Medical graduates from a South Australian university - Commonwealth-supported (HECS-HELP) or SA Bonded Medical Scholarshop Scheme (SABMSS)
1.2 Medical graduates from a South Australian university - full-fee paying
Category 2: Australian Citizens, Australian Permanent Residents and New Zealand Citizens
2.1 Medical graduates from an interstate or New Zealand university who completed Year 12 in South Australia
2.2 Medical graduates from an interstate or New Zealand University
Category 3: Australian Temporary Residents and New Zealand Permanent Residents
3.1 Medical graduates from a South Australian university
Category 4: Australian Temporary Residents and New Zealand Permanent Residents
4.1 Medical graduates from an interstate or New Zealand University
Category 5: Australian Temporary Residents and New Zealand Permanent Residents
5.1 Medical graduates who have spent two or more semesters in an overseas campus of an Australian or New Zealand University (eg Monash Sunway campus, UQ New Orleans campus)

Allocation matching method
Within the South Australian category groups, applicants are randomly allocated their highest possible Local Health Network preference.

The process is as follows:

Round 1:
Starting with Category 1.1, and depending on available positions, applicants are randomly selected and allocated to their first preference.

If there are no more first preference positions available an applicant will not receive an offer in the first round.

Applicants matched to their first preference will receive notification via email.

Applicants must respond to the offer via the electronic application system. All applicants are required to provide a response within the specified timeframe. Where an applicant has been made an offer and does not respond the offer will be automatically declined, and the applicant will not receive another offer for internship in South Australia.*

*Round 1 only - Only applicants who are matched to their first preference will receive an offer in this round.


Round 2:
Allocation matching continues in line with the South Australian category groups (Table 1).
 
All vacant positions are offered in the second round, this includes positions that were not filled in the first round and declined positions. In this round, applicants may receive an offer for their second or subsequent preferences. Matches are made randomly and are based on the applicant's highest possible preference.

Applicants matched to a position are notified via email and an applicant must either accept or decline the offer within the specified timeframe.

Round 3 and beyond:
Allocation matching continues in line with the South Australian category groups (Table 1).

In this round offers are dependent on positions becoming available due to others declining.

As notifications of declines are received and positions are made available, allocation matches are made randomly and are based on the applicant's highest possible preference.

Due to the large number of applicants, positions fill quickly.

Swapping or changing allocations
Applicants are allocated to a maximum of one intern position via South Australia's intern allocation. Applicants are not able to swap or negotiate an alternate position.

National Audit
Throughout the allocation process the National Audit of Intern Acceptances regularly monitors applicants who have accepted multiple intern positions in Australia.

Applicants are required to make timely decisions about their offer(s).

Applicants are able to withdraw their application at any stage by logging into the electronic application system.

Refer to FAQs for further information.


What trainng health networks are there in South Australia?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 health services are delivered. Reconfiguring health services can however have an impact on the way work is undertaken.

In applying for an internship please be aware that current changes in SA Health may have an impact on training locations. You may be required to move between healthcare services or to a different Local Health Network for all, or part, of your training year.

Refer to FAQs for locations and further information.

Rotation preferencing
Once you have accepted an internship you will be required to rank your preferences for available rotations in your Local Health Network. This will be done via your online application.

From there, your name and all associated information will be provided to your Local Health Network.  

You should be aware that the rotations you select will be considered but are not guaranteed. Most interns will receive at least one rotation on nights and/or a relieving term, and you may receive an off-site rotation. Networks will consider your preferences, Medical Board requirements, number of applicants for the rotation and the service needs of the hospital when determining your rotations.

It will be your Local Health Network who will provide you with your contract of employment. Contracts and rosters will not be issued until later in the calendar year.

All queries regarding contracts are to be directed to your Local Health Network.

Note: For applicants who are allocated to the Central Adelaide Local Health Network (CALHN), CALHN will request that you complete an internal rotation preference form.

English language requirements
If you are applying for initial registration you must demonstrate your English language competency in one of the following ways:

1.  English is your primary language and you have undertaken and satisfactorily completed:


  • all of your primary and secondary education which was taught and assessed solely in English in a recognised country, and
  • tertiary qualifications in the relevant professional discipline, which you are relying on to support your eligibility for registration under the National Law, which were taught and assessed solely in English. 
OR

2.  You have a combination of secondary education and tertiary qualifications, where you have undertaken and satisfactorily completed:

  • at least two years of your secondary education which was taught and assessed solely in English in a recognised country, and
  • tertiary qualifications in the relevant professional discipline, which you are relying on to support your eligibility for registration under the National Law, which were taught and assessed solely in English in a recognised country
OR

3.  You have undertaken and satisfactorily completed at least six years' (full time equivalent) continuous education taught and assessed solely in English, in any of the recognised countries, which includes tertiary qualifications in the relevant professional discipline which you are relying on to support your eligibility for registration under the National Law.

OR

4.  You achieve the required minimum scores in one of the following English language tests and meet the requirements for test results specified in this standard:

  • the IELTS (academic module) with a minimum overall score of 7 and a minimum score of 7 in each of the four components (listening, reading, writing and speaking)
  • the OET with a minimum score of B in each of the four components (listening, reading, writing and speaking)
  • the PTE Academic with a minimum overall score of 65 and a minimum score of 65 in each of the four communicative skills (listening, reading, writing and speaking)
  • the TOEFL iBT with a minimum total  score of 94 and the following minimum score in each section of the test: 24 for listening, 24 for reading, 27 for writing, and 23 for speaking.Refer to FAQs for further information
Enterprise Patient Administration System (EPAS)
SA Health's new Enterprise Patient Administration System (EPAS) will provide the foundation for delivering South Australia's state-wide electronic health record (EHR). The new system will place South Australian public hospitals and health care sites at the forefront of advancements in eHealth.

EPAS will transform our model of care by providing our health care professionals with real time access to comprehensive patient information at the point of care.

Many South Australian medical graduates will have complete EPAS training while at medical school. If you have not undertaken EPAS training please email: healthsamet@sa.gov.au to register and complete the EPAS online training. Completing the online training will enable you to meet the eligibility criterion.

Registrations for EPAS training close on Tuesday 31 May at 17:00 ACST.

In your intern application you are required to indicate if you have or have not undertaken EPAS training:

  • If you have undertaken EPAS training, for example you attended medical school in South Australia and undertook EPAS training, at any point in time, so that you could commence clinical placements in South Australian hospitals, in your intern application you should select 'yes I undertook EPAS training while at medical school'. SA Health will then crosscheck your demographic information against the EPAS training database to verify that you have completed the training.
  • Note: If you have changed your name since completing the EPAS training please provide the required evidence in your intern application; the application will direct you.
  • If you have not undertaken EPAS training, for example you attended an interstate medical school, in your intern application you should select 'no I did not undertake EPAS training while at medical school'. The application will then direct you to upload a copy of the certificate that you received from completing the EPAS online training.
Communicating with you
To apply for an internship every applicant must have their own personal email address. 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 July 2016 - March 2017).

If you do not respond to an offer for an internship within the specified timeframe your offer will be automatically declined and you will not receive another offer in South Australia.

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.  

Terms of Use
The internship 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 the 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 applicant 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 applicants.

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. These tools are 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 applicants and the employing Local Health Network/hospital.

Your details may be provided to a national application and/or allocation working party (or equivalent) for the purpose of audits and/or research into the application and/or allocation processes, applicant preferences, applications to multiple jurisdictions and/or acceptance of multiple offers. This body may use this information to contact you regarding offers that you have accepted. If you are not allocated to a position in South Australia your details may be added to a State/Territory or National late vacancy management database for managing allocations to unfilled positions or casual vacancies that may arise. By submitting an application for a position you consent to your details being provided for this purpose.

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

The Unit reserves the right to rescind or withdraw an offer of internship if an candidate is identified as having accepted and/or are holding multiple intern 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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