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Intern Recruitment

Applications for this year's intake closed on Friday 2 June 2017

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

Important dates
  • Applications open on:                 Monday 8 May 2017
  • Applications close on:                Friday 2 June 2017
  • Round 1 allocation occurs on:   Monday 10 July 2017
Employment and term dates 2018
  • Term 1:  10 January 2018 - 3 April 2018  (includes compulsory orientation)
  • Term 2:  4 April 2018 - 12 June 2018
  • Term 3:  13 June 2018 - 28 August 2018
  • Term 4:  29 August 2018 - 6 November 2018
  • Term 5:  7 November 2018 - 15 January 2019
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 a medical school in the last two years
  • have successfully completed AMC Part 1 if you are an international medical graduate
  • be able to demonstrate that you will meet the requirements for registration with AHRPA
  • have NOT commenced or completed an internship or worked as a doctor
  • be an Australian Citizen, Australian Permanent Resident, Australian Temporary Resident, New Zealand Citizen, New Zealand Permanent Resident
  • 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 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 8 May 2017, 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 the following documents within your application. Other requirements may be added, so regularly check this website for information.

  • Your Medical intern placement number (AHPRA number)
  • A copy of your passport or citizenship certificate - (Please note: that Australian Citizens who do not have an Australian Citizenship Certificate or Australian Passport can prove their citizenship by providing a certified copy of: Australian full birth certificate (if born on or before 19 August 1986), OR Australian full birth certificate (if born on or after 20 August 1986) together with proof that at least one parent was either an Australian Citizen or Australian Permanent Resident at time of birth).
  • 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 - that includes your name, visa status and expiration date
  • A copy of your University transcript (an unofficial copy is acceptable from Australian Medical Council (AMC) accredited medical school only) - 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 letterhead) 
  • 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 30 May at 17:00 ACST)
  • You may be required to upload a certified copy of a statutory declaration confirming you have never started an internship
  • You may be required to upload evidence of the completion of your AMC Part 1 exam
    You may be required to upload a copy of a 'letter of confirmation' of Australian Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander heritage from an incorporated Indigenous organisation and must be stamped with their common seal
The online application form will guide you through the process and will indicate what documents will be required.

Please refer to FAQs or for further information and advice about 'special consideration' requests.

Allocation process
All States and Territories in Australia commence their intern allocation on the same day (Monday 10 July 2017). SA Health conducts a central allocation of suitable applicants to intern positions at the South Australian Local Health Networks (LHN).

Suitable applicants are allocated intern positions in line with prescribed category groups (Table 1) using a randomisation matching process. Within the relevant category groups, applicants are randomly allocated to their highest possible preference (pending availability of a position).
Intern allocation offers are also dependent on the number of positions available at each LHN. All intern positions will be filled in each round of offers and further offers will be made if and when positions become available due to applicants declining their offers.

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. The SA LHNs 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 who identify as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (ATSI)
 1.2 Medical graduates from a South Australian university who are Commonwealth-supported (HECS-HELP) or SA Bonded Medical Scholarship Scheme (SABMSS)
 1.3 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 identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander (ATSI)
 2.2 Medical graduates from an interstate or New Zealand university who completed Year 12 in South Australia
 2.3 Medical graduates from an interstate or New Zealand university
 2.4 Medical graduates from an overseas university who completed Year 12 in South Australia
 2.5 Medical graduates of an overseas 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)
 5.2 Medical graduates of an overseas university

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

If an offer is made, applicants must respond via the electronic application system. Applicants are required to provide a response within the specified timeframe. Where an applicant has been made an offer and no response received, the offer will be automatically declined. The applicant will not receive another offer for internship in South Australia.

The allocation process is as follows:

Round 1:
Commencing with Category 1.1, applicants are randomly selected and allocated to their first preference until all available positions are full or all first preferences have been fulfilled.

Applicants matched to their first preference will receive notification via email. Applicants who have not been allocated to their first preference in this round will also be notified.*

this occurs in Round 1 only

Round 2:
All vacant positions are filled in each subsequent offer round. 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 in accordance with the category groups and are based on the applicant's highest possible preference.

SA Health will only allocate to second or subsequent preferences once it is no longer possible to match remaining applicants to their higher 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:
Further allocation matches are made as notifications of declines are received and positions are made available. Positions continue to be allocated randomly in accordance with the category groups and are based on matching applicants to their 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 or by emailing

Refer to FAQs for further information.

What training health networks are there in South Australia?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 and that may include movement to rural settings.

Refer to FAQs for locations and further information.

Rotation preferences
Once you have accepted an offer of internship you may be required to rank your preferences for available rotations in your Local Health Network via your online application.

This information will be provided to your Local Health Network for rostering purposes.  

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 allocated 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
Applicants are required to provide evidence of their English language proficiency within their online application. This is also a requirement of AHPRA when applying for registration.

In your application you may be required to provide evidence that your secondary and tertiary education has been undertaken in English or that you have achieved the required minimum score in an approved English language test. Refer to the Medical Board of Australia for further information.

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 completed EPAS training while at medical school. If you have not undertaken EPAS training please email: to register and complete the EPAS training. Completing the online training will enable you to meet the eligibility criterion.

Registrations for online EPAS training close on Tuesday 30 May at 17:00 ACST.

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

Note: If you have changed your name since completing the EPAS training please provide the required evidence in your intern application.

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 2017 - March 2018).

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, candidates 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 a 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.

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

You are requested to read all of the provided information prior to contacting SA Health.

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