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Reference Number 11838
Position Title IMG Observership EOI
Employment Type Fixed Term Full Time
Hospitals Armadale Health Service
Rockingham Peel Group
Hours per fortnight 80
Position Summary

Position Title:                        IMG Observership Candidate

Employment Type:                fixed term unremunerated clinical placement

Hospitals:                              Armadale Health Service

                                             Rockingham General Hospital


Position Summary

An exciting opportunity is available for International Medical Graduates (IMGs) living in WA to gain an orientation to the Western Australian (WA) healthcare system at Armadale Health Service or Rockingham General Hospital for an observership program. The Observership Program is for IMGs who are not currently employed as medical practitioners in the WA healthcare system and have not worked elsewhere in Australia as a medical practitioner.  Observerships will commence from late August 2023.

The program involves a clinical observership (generally 6-16 weeks in duration, depending on individual knowledge and experience) and access to the hospital’s clinical teaching and educational resources.

The observership program is a WA Health initiative to support eligible IMGs in WA who are not currently registered as medical practitioners to get an orientation to the hospital and healthcare system in WA. This program is specifically for IMGs without any current employment experience within the Australian healthcare system.  If you are currently working within the WA healthcare system and seeking further employment options, please discuss with your current employer.   Additional information on the selection criteria and observership can be found in the attachments.

Candidates who meet the eligibility criteria, and successfully complete the requirements of the observership program may have the opportunity to participate in a 12-month Workplace based assessment (WBA) Program at Armadale Health Service or Rockingham General Hospital but this is not guaranteed. Acceptance into the observership program does not guarantee automatic acceptance into the WBA program. Selection into the WBA programs is separate to the application for the observership program.

For further information about the WBA programs please see the attached factsheet or contact the relevant hospital through the contacts listed below.

Eligibility to apply

  1. Essential:  Have completed a medical degree and internship from an overseas training institution recognised by the AMC (external link).
  2. Essential:  Not have current registration with the Medical Board of Australia
  3. Essential:  Australian citizenship or permanent residency.
  4. Essential:  Have passed the AMC Computer Adaptive Test Multiple Choice Questionnaire (AMC CAT MCQ) examination.
  5. Essential:  Have met the English Language skills registration standard (external link) of the Medical Board of Australia.

Closing Date:   2 June 2023

Conditions of Participation

Successful applicants will be required to provide evidence of the following:

  • Western Australian Working with Children (WWC) Check. For further information please refer to the WWC website.
  • Criminal Record Screening Check.
  • 100 Point Identification Check.
  • Health Assessment.

Application instructions

You must apply online through MedJobsWA with a valid email address. Please do not send application documents (e.g. resumes and cover letters) directly to WA Health emails. All communication will be sent through MedJobsWA.  Late or email applications will not be considered.

This is a pool placement opportunity.  Should a successful applicant decline or vacate the observership program, then the next most suitable applicant may be selected from this process.  This pool will close on 19 January 2024

Essential Application Documents

  1. Cover letter of no more than three pages detailing your eligibility to the role against each of the selection criteria. (Each selection criteria must be individually addressed)
  2. Detailed curriculum vitae which demonstrates your experience and how you are able to meet the observership requirements.
  3. Evidence of your citizenship or permanent residency. 
  4. Evidence of completion of AMC CAT MCQ examination.
  5. Evidence demonstrating that you meet the Medical Board’s English Language skills registration standard (external link).

Application Selection Criteria

A key component of the application is to provide a cover letter addressing the 'Application Selection Criteria'. The selection criteria outline the skills, qualifications and experience considered necessary for the observership program and is provided as an attachment within the MedJobsWA advertisement.

Observership placements are not remunerated. Please refer to the relevant Health Service’s policy on Unremunerated Clinical Agreements for additional information.

  • Armadale Health Service - East Metropolitan Health Service Unremunerated Clinical Agreements Policy (attachment)
  • Rockingham General Hospital - South Metropolitan Health Service Unremunerated Clinical Agreements Policy (attachment)

Further information

Armadale Hospital Observership Program


P:  9391 2000

Armadale Hospital Workplace Based Assessment Program


P: 9391 2943

Rockingham General Hospital


P:  9599 4054

Contact Person Medical Recruitment
Contact Number
Contact Email
Closing Date CLOSED: 02/06/2023
JDF FactSheet-IMG Observership Program.pdf
How to Apply Guide 2023 Application Guide.pdf
Other attachments
Att_SMHS Unremunerated Clinical Placement Application and Agreement-Observership.pdfOpen
Att_EMHS Unremunerated Clinical Agmt.pdfOpen
FactSheet-WBA Programs.pdfOpen
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Please ensure your application is added before this time as we do not accept late applications.
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