Joining the ECMN


BPTs and staff at the End of Year Dinner 2018

There are several ways you can find out more about our network.

  • Attend one of the two  ECMN Information Evenings  held on 13 June and 18 July. The information evening is a good way to learn more about our selection process and a chance to have your questions answered. For your information a copy of the 2019 powerpoint presentation and a recording of the ECMN Information Night (with an explanation of how the match works) are attached below.

    Training the physicians of tomorrow presentation



ECMN BPT positions are recruited annually via NSW Health. We currently have 35 trainees over 2 years of training in the network, and so roughly half this number will become vacant each year.  The annual recruitment advertising and applications will open mid July and close mid August .


Interviews will take place over 3 days, usually in September - dates to be advised

Please check  the NSW Health JMO recruitment website for any updates or changes.

Ad hoc recruitment opportunities do arise from time to time. If you are interested in ad hoc positions, please send an email & your CV to  and we will keep you alerted to any vacancies that arise through the year.

There are no terms of nights anywhere within the Network. The usual arrangement while at POWH is for a week of nights to be done once per term, or occasionally 2 weeks in the one term when you are based at Port Macquarie. 

Trainees based at Prince of Wales Hospital will usually do one overtime/sick relief shift per week. Overtime at Port Macquarie is usually one weekend every 3-4 weeks.  Accommodation options are available at locations within the Network when you are undertaking terms away from your home base hospital. 

4 weeks of Annual Leave are allocated by the network based on preference forms that are submitted by trainees. Generally, trainees take 2 weeks leave in the first half of the year and 2 weeks in the second half of the year.  Study leave is allocated to allow attendance at one of the four revision courses each year, as well as another week of leave prior to the written exam.

ECMN Rotations

Trainees are asked for their specialty term preferences, and these are allocated by the network depending on popularity of the term and RACP training requirements.  In 2018, 100% of trainees were allocated to at least one of their listed 'highly desirable' terms.

The majority of NSW BPT Networks have a 6:12:6 training structure, which entails 6 months on rotation, 12 months at a home base of choice leading up to and including your written and clinical examinations, and then 6 months on rotation. There may be opportunity for you to spend longer than 12 months at the home base. However, priority is given to first time exam sitters. 

Trainees will have 3 rural rotations in the 2 years with the ECMN