Basic Physician Training Network

The St George - Sutherland Medical Network offers a comprehensive and co-ordinated Basic Physician Training program across four sites, which is fully accredited by the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP). The network encompasses Coffs Harbour, St George, Shoalhaven and Sutherland Hospitals.

The St George-Sutherland Network has a strong commitment to teaching and providing a supportive environment for Basic Physician Training. The home base consists of both St George Hospital (a major tertiary referral teaching hospital) and Sutherland Hospital (a major metropolitan hospital).

The program includes “protected teaching time” lecture series held at the St George and Sutherland Hospital with videoconferencing to secondment sites prior to the written examination. Extensive preparation for the clinical examination is provided with a clinical case program, tutorials and trial examinations. Professional development and ongoing support is incorporated in the program.

The network not only has very experienced and renowned academics and clinicians, but there is also an abundance of enthusiastic educators and examiners. Our aim is not just to provide trainees with the best training and learning environment with a wide spectrum of clinical experiences to achieve their best to prepare for their long term vocational training, but also a friendly working condition to aid in passing the FRACP examinations.

The possibilities of job-sharing and part time training for Basic Physician Trainees will be considered, in order to facilitate and support training where possible.

Trainees are given an opportunity to access a wide variety of rotations including aged care, cardiology, endocrinology, gastroenterology, general medicine, haematology, intensive care, neurology, nephrology, medical oncology, palliative care and thoracic medicine. The program also includes rotations to the peripheral Network hospitals to gain invaluable exposure to general medicine and regional physician training.

Working on the principle of “6-12-6” months’ rotation during the 24 months of training, a 3 months’ rural secondment will be allocated only to each end of the 2 year period. This ensured that our network has one of the best home-away ratios compared to other networks. Rostering is such that there are no 24-hour shifts (on duty) and no terms of night duty. Overtime rostering arrangements across the Network are in accordance with the AMA Safe Working Hours guidelines. Remuneration will follow the Public Hospital (Medical Officers) Award.

For further information regarding training and employment with the St George-Sutherland Medical Network please contact Jennifer Simmons, Network Training & Education Manager.

Essential criteria

  • MBBS or equivalent and completion of two postgraduate years
  • Eligible for medical registration with the NSW Medical Board
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills

Remuneration: In accordance with the Public Hospital (Medical Officers) award