"When your patients tell you they love coming to the Austin, you know you’re working in the right place. I’ve been at the Austin since I was a clinical school student and have not left since; I’m a general HMO2 this year. I think there is a wonderful culture of wanting to provide quality medical care without pretention. The nursing staff are dedicated and knowledgeable, many of the registrars are keen on teaching and the weekly education sessions for the interns and HMOs are relevant, interesting and a great time to catch up with peers. The administration staff also do a very good job of being fair with rosters and making timetables available early on. I’m yet to meet anyone who’s regretted coming to work at the Austin; I think it’s a great place for any junior doctor to start a career."
Dr Lily Ho-Le
"Work life balance can be difficult to maintain at times and ultimately I find myself spending more time at work than with family and friends. It was important for me to find a workplace atmosphere that felt like my family away from home. The Austin is a tertiary inner city hospital that feels like a smaller rural hospital. The people are friendly, and the environment is one that encourages learning and provides opportunities for junior doctors to experience a broad range of medicine. Junior doctors are well supported and there is always someone willing to help. Being an intern is can be hard, however the Austin will help you through it. I feel fortunate to be part of the team"
Dr Daniel Gayed
"The Austin is an awesome hospital to do your junior years (and beyond). I came here without knowing anybody, having never set foot inside the hospital (apart from the interview), but I was made to feel welcome from day one and not once have I regretted my decision to come here. Importantly (and often overlooked), the broader staff-base here at the Austin (ie medical workforce, allied health, nursing etc) tend to be very competent and friendly which makes the day-to-day workload as a junior doctor a whole lot easier and more pleasant. From a career point of view, the rotations on offer as an intern and HMO give you exposure to a great range of specialities within a well-supervised and enjoyable framework, and the senior staff are surprisingly positive and encouraging most of the time. There are also plenty of opportunities to get involved in research and further education, and there's a good HMO society with a pretty strong social scene which is nice. For all of the above reasons I think the Austin is an exceptional choice of hospital for a junior doctor looking to enjoy the year ahead and it comes highly recommended!"
Dr Tim Hewitt
"As a medical student, I remember being fiercely adamant that the Austin would be my first preference as the institution where my career as a junior doctor would begin. Many people assumed this was due to its world-class reputation and renowned facilities. To me, however, the Austin's most admirable quality was that the staff are genuinely happy. They feel encouraged to contribute positively to the healthcare team. They know they are working in an environment that is fiercely supportive and continues to strive for the highest standards of clinical excellence achievable. As an intern, I have come to realize that the Austin doesn't only employ good doctors, it employs good people. People who continue to strive every day to optimize the health and wellbeing of the countless patients who are often society's most vulnerable and sick. People who, in spite of the obstacles encountered during the complex patient management, are still able to greet me with a smile at the end of every day, and find the time to take genuine interest in my wellbeing. Being at the Austin reminds me every day that I am more than just an intern. It reminds me of my integrity as a person, and makes me a better doctor".
Dr Sonja Sokolovska
'The Austin in one word is 'welcome'. Its friendly environment has been one of the things that has made the Austin the hospital of choice for me. It has been the road along which I've travelled from medical student to intern to resident. Now, I am undertaking my specialty training in Emergency Medicine at the Austin, which is one of the busiest Emergency Departments in Victoria. Despite the busy and sometimes hectic environment, my learning has been exponential, facilitated by a strong sense of teamwork and the leadership and guidance demonstrated by our Consultants and Registrars. If I could do it all again, I'd still be here!'
Dr Joe-Anthony Rotella
Emergency Medicine Trainee
"The Austin provides a supportive and welcoming environment for its junior doctors. The senior medical staff are friendly, approachable and keen to teach. I have thoroughly enjoyed being part of a team that values the contribution of each member and not only encourages, but helps you to expand your knowledge and skills and participate in extra activities such as research, all while providing an outstanding level of service to the community".
Dr Ryma Terbah