Austin Health see the interview process as an opportunity to meet people who are genuinely interested in working at Austin Health for the intern year and beyond. The interview process allows those interviewed to ask questions and to seek further information about what our organisation can offer; it is also an opportunity to identify those who fit the culture of Austin Health.
In 2015 (for the 2016 intake), Austin Health will implement a novel but not unfamiliar model for our intern interviews - the Multiple Mini Interview or MMI.
The majority of medical schools in Australia are utilising the MMI model for entry as are most medical specialty colleges, thus it is a model which should resonate with most intern applicants. The MMI has been demonstrated to be an effective format to interview candidates in a structured and equitable platform.
In addition to the MMI model, Austin Health will have a "holding room" where candidates who are 'resting' can hear more about working at Austin Health and ask our Medical Workforce Unit any questions they have.
In this MMI set-up there will be two stations - one clinical and one non-clinical - each of 8 minutes length with a 2 minute break between stations. Each station will have one interviewer with clinicians being present in the clinical station. Once you have completed two stations, you will then be directed to the holding room before completion of the process.
Yes, you will be asked a clinical scenatio and a situational scenatio if you are successfully short listed for an interview.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders will automatically be short listed for interview when applying for Intern or HMO positions.
When completing your online application, you will be asked "Are you Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander?" in the Equal Opportunity section of the application. Information provided in this section is not made available to managers until the candidate is successful, however, our Aboriginal Employment team will recieve notification of your status and support the relevant manager through the recruitment process.
Intern applications will close on the 5th June 2015. Upon reviewing the CV's and University z-scores resume's as part of our shortlisting process, we will send emails to all applicants to inform them of the outcome of their application. If you are successful in securing an interview, we will email you an invitation to select your interview time and date online.
All interviews will take place over a two week period, with some interviews being scheduled after hours. This allows many of our clinicians to be available to meet with you during the interview process.
As the MMI process is being used for the interviews at Austin Health for the 2016 intake, each station will take eight minutes. It is important to utilise your time as effectively as possible; try not to rush your answers in each eight minute slot; there is enough time for you to think and organise your thoughts. There will also be a two minute break in between interview stations. Each candidate will be allocated two stations, one clinical and one non-clinical.
Each interview group will also have the opportunity to ask questions of a more general nature before or after the allocated interview slots in the holding room. Senior Medical Workforce Unit representatives will be available to answert your questions in this space.
All interns have protected training time each week. Those on rotation to a rural health care service also have protected training time. As well as the formal weekly education sessions, there are a number of other educational opportunities for interns, including attending specific workshops (surgical skills, the deteriorating patient) and career preparation evenings, as well as organisation wide education sessions such as the surgical audit and the medical Grand Round held each week.
Yes, there are research opportunities available for interns. The research opportunities can be discussed with the Supervisor of Intern training, Dr. Natasha Holmes, or the Medical Lead, Clinical Education Unit, Dr Chris Leung. Either would happily assist in putting those interested in clinical research in touch with the relevant departments.
Of our 60 intern positions, we expect 20 to have the opportunity to undertake a rural rotation. We currently have two rotations to Mildura Base Hospital and two rotations to Echuca Healthcare. These rotations provide excellent learning opportunities and are valued by those who undertake them each year, with great feedback about the level of support provided, particularly early in the intern year.
No, this will not affect your chances of selection. What might affect your chances of selection is whether you are eligible for selection as a Group 1 or Group 2 candidate; Group membership is determined by the PMCV eligibility criteria (see PMCV website). Group 1 candidates are all eligible for selection at Austin Health, Group 2 candidates will also be eligible for selection, although in much smaller numbers than Group 1.
In 2015, 2 Group 2 candidates were successfully appointed to intern positions at Austin Health.
The number of Group 2 candidates appointed to Austin Health is determined annually by the Department of Health via the PMCV in the Group 2 matching process. The Group 2 match occurs shortly after the Group 1 match process and acceptance period.
If you know in advance of a special event, you will need to notify the Medical Workforce Unit staff via email as well as on your rotation planner selection sheet as soon as you can after the selection sheets are sent out. This gives us the best opportunity to meet your needs. We cannot do this for everyone, and so only genuine special events should be notified: family reunions overseas at Christmas unfortunately do NOT meet the requirements for specific annual leave allocation.
All successfully matched interns have the opportunity to select a rotation planner for the year that matches 1) their annual leave requirements, and 2) rotations of interest. The rotation planner comes out mid August, and notification of your rotation planner happens around early September. In most cases, we are able to give people one of their top ten choices.
For those with specific requirements re leave (eg. your own wedding), please advise when you submit your choices, as this will obviously be given priority when allocating rotations.
All HMO2 positions at Austin Health are recruited through the computer match, coordinated through the Postgraduate Medical Council of Victoria (PMCV). From 2016, Austin Health will recruit to the General and Surgical streams at PGY2 and PGY3 level independent of Northern Health. Austin Health will collaborate with Northern Health in the selection of appropriate PGY2 Medical stream appointments. Those who are successful in being appointed to the Medical Stream at PGY2 level will be appointed by Austin Health and may be sent to Northern Health on a secondment for part of the employment year as a part of the Central Northwest Basic Physican Training Consortium. Eligibility criteria for all PGY2 positions are available on the PMCV website.
HMO3 positions for the medical stream are also filled through the Computer matching service off the PMCV. Once again, eligibility criteria are available on their website. HMO3 General and HMO3 Surgical streams are recruited directly through the Austin Health. Please see the Medical Careers page for more information.
All intern positions in Victoria are matched through the Postgraduate Medical Council of Victoria (PMCV). Victorian and interstate medical school graduates, and graduates of New Zealand medical schools (including full fee paying students of New Zealand medical schools) all need to register an application and meet the eligibility requirements of the matching process through the PMCV to be eligible for a position in the intern computer match.
Once the interview process has been completed and the selections entered into the match by Austin Health and the individual candidates, the PMCV will determine the proportion of Australian Trained (Permanent Resident) Graduates of Victorian Medical facilities, and "other" graduates allocated to Austin Health; in 2015, this split was 58 Australian Trained (Permanent Resident) graduates of a Victorian Medical Facility and 2 from the remaining candidates. The proportion in 2016 may differ from these proportions slightly, depending on the final number of Group 1 candidates graduating in 2015.
Streams available for HMO's include surgery, medicine, general practice and psychiatry.
We have well developed training programs in physician training coordinated through the Central NorthWest Consortium. Each year, candidates are supported with unpaid study and exam leave to attend preparation courses (BPT2 year) in preparation for the Physician exams in their BPT3+ year. Unpaid study and paid exam leave is also well supported for both the final basic physician exams.
In 2015, the Central Northwest Consortium Basic Physician Training program achieved an exceptional pass rate for the written examination, with a pass rate of 93%. This pass rate pays tribute to the excellent support and teaching provided by the CNWC and affiliated health services.
Our general surgical training program is one of the largest and best supported across Victoria, with rotations to rural and interstate hospitals included in the program. The general surgery education program is aimed at providing a comprehensive series of tutorials, seminars and journal club sessions to surgical trainees at all levels. The program is successful due to the commitment and dedication of members of the Division of Surgery who share their time and expertise willingly with all trainees.
As well as general surgery, Austin Health offers training in specialty surgery areas such as orthopaedics, neurosurgery, vascular surgery, cardiac surgery, thoracic surgery, spinal surgery, urological surgery, plastics and ENT, and other specialty areas. Please see the Austin Health website for further specific information.
Yes, you need to include a cover letter as part of your application. The cover letter allows you to personalise your application to some degree, and to tell us about yourself in more detail than is possible in the CV.
Your cover letter should be no longer than one page in length. There is no exact word limit, but anything much over a page is probably too long.
Remember, this is your opportunity to shine and promote yourself, and whilst there are no marks attributed to this section of your application, the cover letter can "set the scene" for your application.
All applications are to be submitted electronically via www.austindoctors.org.au website using the standardised template available. Please follow the prescribed format guide with your application.
Please do not delete sections of the CV; if you have nothing to enter for the particular section, just leave it blank.
For positions that are not jointly recruited, the cover letter should be addressed to the Deputy Director of the Medical Workforce Unit at Austin Health - Ms. Sarah McConchie.
In the pre-vocational positions that are collaboratively appointed with Northern Health (PGY2 Medical, BPT2 and BPT3 Medical and some Registrar positions), letters should be addressed to both Ms. Sarah McConchie, Deputy Director, MWU, Austin Health and to Ms. Sonya Steve, Operations Manager, Junior Medical Workforce Unit, Northern Health.
Referee requirements differ depending on the position type you are applying for. For interns, Austin Health require referees to be nominated through the PMCV online computer matching process.
We would prefer a "balance" of referees rather than all referees coming from the one specialty. This will enable us to review your performance more broadly across the various medical specialties available. We do not mind if referees are Consultants or Registrars.
If the Clinical Dean is one of your referees, please ensure your other reference is completed by a clinician who has worked with you in a clinical setting recently.
The most important thing to ask your referee to do is to enter some 'free text' comments about you and your clinical performance; this will help us use the referee forms to the best end for you as a candidate.
The PMCV has developed a policy on the eligibility of candidates to apply for special consideration. If granted under the specifics of the policy, the candidate will be eligible to move from Group 3 to Group 2 for match purposes.
Being granted special consideration does not, however, guarantee you a position in the PMCV match.
Please refer to the PMCV Special Consideration policy for further information and eligibility criteria.
If you are not successful in securing an interview at Austin Health, you will be advised via email. Unfortunately due to the large volume of applications we receive (we anticipate over 800) we will not be able to provide a breakdown of your application score. Every effort has been made to streamline the application process to make it a fair and transparent process.
We wish you well in the coming year and encourage you to apply for a position the following employment year.
Interns are allocated leave in the rotation planner for the year. Two weeks are allocated throughout the year, usually in the Emergency Medicine term, and three weeks is paid out at the end of the appointment year.
Leave is built into the rosters upon appointment. HMO's are entitled to 5 weeks annual leave and may be entitled to one week of approved conference leave if we are able to backfill your roster for the period of conference leave requested. All requests for conference leave need to be submitted to the Medical Workforce Unit by the end of March each year in order to considered.
All junior medical staff are asked to allocate leave preferences with their rotation preferences. Whilst we endeavour to provide the leave you have requested, the priority at all times is to ensure that adequate patient care is provided across the organisation and across our rotation partner hospitals.