Prevocational doctors program (PGY1)

We provide ‘postgraduate year 1’ (PGY1) doctors with well-structured and highly supportive teaching, training, and clinical experiences.

About our program

In 2025, Austin Health will have 65 PGY1 (internship) positions available, including one position dedicated to an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander candidate.

At Austin Health, our PGY1 program is developed to provide you with well-structured and highly supportive teaching, training and clinical experiences that will enable you to consolidate and develop both your clinical knowledge and technical skills.  

Key to the continued success of our program is the support and care we provide to our PGY1s throughout the year and in the early but vital introduction period to working in the public health and hospital system.

Austin Health provides a comprehensive 5-day orientation and ongoing education program for all our PGY1s, and have well supported peer and mentor programs in place to support the transition from medical student to PGY1.

We also have in place a unique role for our PGY1s; the PGY1 support officer. This well thought of position provides "real-time" support to our PGY1s in their first week of after-hours and weekend work from a colleague who has just completed their PGY1 year, and so understands all the jobs that an PGY1 needs to do as well as the likely questions and anxieties a new intern may have.

Information session

We held a virtual information session for prospective PGY1s on Tuesday 23 April 2024. 

How to apply

PGY1 positions are appointed through the PGY1 Match process conducted through the Postgraduate Medical Council of Victoria (PMCV).  Therefore, applications must be made to both Austin Health and the PMCV.

Application process and requirements

Step 1: Register with PMCV

Refer to PMCV website for Allocation and Placement Service (APS) guidelines and dates, and register with PMCV APS.

Step 2: Apply to Austin Health 

Apply to Austin Health via our Careers website.  Applicants will be required to complete our online application form and upload a cover letter, curriculum vitae (CV), non-clinical/professional reference, evidence of COVID-19 Vaccinatioin or Medical Exemption and a photo.  We will access your clinical referee reports through the PMCV APS.  After completing and submitting your application, you will receive an email confirming receipt of your application.

Please note: use the 'Standardised CV Template'. For a copy of the template, visit the PMCV website

Step 3: Complete online video

Applicants will also be required to complete an online video, via the platform available through the PMCV APS. Please see the PMCV website for instructions.

Match results will be available from the PMCV.

Application guide

Important dates

Application stage Date
Applications open 6 May 2024
Applications close 6 June 2024
Video interview assessments 7 to 9 June 2024
First offer period 17 July 2024
PGY1 orientation (5 days) 6 January 2025 
PGY1 commences 13 January 2025

Learning opportunities

Under the new National Framework for Prevocational Medical Trainees, your internship must include experiences in:

  • undifferentiated patients (e.g emergency department)
  • chronic or complex care (e.g. general medicine, aged care)
  • acute or critical medicine (many speciality areas)
  • procedural or perioperative care (e.g. surgical, perioperative medicine)