Employment

Intern recruitment

Queensland Health coordinates an annual campaign to recruit interns for positions in hospital and health services across the state.

There is only one method of application for the intern campaign – the lodgement of an online form via a central application portal, which opens for a minimum of two weeks each year (usually early March for rural generalist intern positions and May for general intern positions).

Hospitals accredited to deliver intern training participate in the annual campaign and medical graduates can assign a preference to all participating hospitals
from highest to lowest (number 1 being the applicant’s most preferred hospital).

From the applications received via the intern campaign, applicants are either directly allocated to an intern position (Applicant Group A i.e. those guaranteed an offer) or will participate in a merit selection process conducted by participating hospitals with remaining intern vacancies (Applicant Groups B-D).

Visit the Queensland Health Intern Campaign website to access the application portal and for further information, including an explanation of application groups and eligibility criteria, key campaign dates and intern recruitment contacts.

RMO & Registrar recruitment

Queensland Health facilitates an annual campaign to recruit resident medical officers (RMOs) and registrars for positions in Hospital and Health Services (HHS) across the state.

Each year, all participating Queensland Health facilities, Greenslopes Private Hospital, Mater Health Service and vocational training programs provide the RMO campaign with a list of available positions for the next clinical year (commencing January/February the following year).

Positions recruited via the RMO & Registrar campaign include accredited and non-accredited registrars, principal house officers (PHO), senior house officers (SHO) and junior house officers (JHO), with applicants able to nominate their preferred position level, facility, specialty and sub-specialty.

From their pool of applicants received via the campaign, specialist medical colleges, Queensland Health facilities, vocational training pathways, networks and central allocation programs run their own meritorious recruitment processes.

IMPORTANT: Individuals accepted on a College training program must apply annually for a position via the RMO & Registrar campaign to secure a contract of employment.

Visit the Queensland Health RMO and Registrar campaign website to access the application portal and for further information, including key campaign dates, a list of available positions and specialty training preference guides.

Queensland Health as an employer

Sixteen individual statutory authorities, called Hospital and Health Services (HHS), provide public health services in Queensland and are the primary employers of medical practitioners in Queensland across the spectrum of major metropolitan cities, thriving regional centres and relaxed rural communities.

Choose to work in a location that not only suits your career, but your lifestyle and your well-being.

What sets Queensland Health apart?

  • Diversity in facility size and service profile
  • Competitive remuneration packages
  • Generous employer superannuation contributions, benefits and incentives
  • Exciting career pathways and employment opportunities
  • Diverse work culture and environment
  • Support for professional development and capability building

Find more information about employment in Queensland health facilities

Medical Education

Medical Education Units support the education, training and wellbeing of junior doctors.They are responsible for ensuring intern education and training programs are compliant with the Australian Medical Council National Framework for Medical Internship and that junior doctors receive the orientation, supervision, formal and informal education, feedback and assessment required to support their ongoing development and safe patient care.

In addition Medical Education Unit’s provide advocacy, support and counselling (personal, professional and career) to junior doctors.

Most Medical Education Units include a Director of Clinical Training (DCT) and a Medical Education Officer (MEO). The DCT provides educational leadership and acts as an advocate for medical education. The DCT works closely with hospital executives and senior and junior medical officers involved in the education and training of junior medical officers to support the delivery of quality supervision, education and training. Support is also provided by way of mentorship, counselling, advocacy and advice to junior medical officers.

The MEO provides educational expertise in the development, delivery, evaluation and ongoing improvement of junior doctor education and training programs and will work closely with the DCT and others involved in junior doctor education and training. The MEO plays a pivotal role in supporting junior doctor wellbeing and advocacy.

Well-being

Queensland Health recognises that medical training is demanding and is committed to supporting the physical and mental health and well-being of medical practitioners across the organisation.

The Queensland Government has invested $2 million to support the mental health and well-being of the state’s medical practitioner workforce, to ensure sustainable, ongoing and meaningful support is available for all medical practitioners that gives consideration to the different stressors placed on doctors at different stages of their career.

This investment will be realised across a suite of initiatives, initially through the delivery of resilience training for medical interns and in subsequent phases through training and well-being support programs for junior and trainee doctors as well as senior medical officers and consultants.

Orientation resources

Queensland Health seeks to support a seamless transition to practice in Queensland public health facilities for both graduating students and junior doctors relocating to Queensland.

To do so, a information resource was developed for junior doctors which covers topics including:

  • Australia’s health care system
  • Queensland’s public health system
  • Working as a medical practitioner in Queensland (incorporating role expectations, recruitment and employment, along with well-being resources)
  • Legislation and professional practice
  • Rural and Remote health services in Queensland

This resource is designed to complement local orientation programs that will be delivered by your employing hospital and health service on your commencement.

View the Orientation Resource for junior doctors in Queensland.

Leadership training

Enhancing medical education, training and supervision resources to enable sustainability within the medical practitioner workforce is a priority for Queensland Health.

The Queensland Department of Health deliver a range of leadership programs for medical practitioners employed across Queensland Health.

Training can be accessed by all levels of the medical practitioner workforce, with programs tailored to:

  • assist junior doctors meet the challenges faced in their first years of working in Queensland Health
  • strengthen the skills clinicians need to supervise, motivate, lead change and provide effective leadership within a healthcare team to provide optimum patient care
  • build capability of senior clinicians to drive service improvements that actively contribute to increasing the effectiveness of Queensland’s health system

The following programs are currently available to medical practitioners employed in Queensland Health:

  • High Impact
  • Manage4Improvement
  • Clinician and Medical Managers Orientation
  • Step Up
  • Learn2Lead
  • Take the Lead