The 2017 clinical year recruitment process for medical graduates opens on Monday 16 May 2016 and closes at 5pm on Friday 3 June. Applications for intern positions in NSW are processed by the Health Education and Training Institute (HETI) using the Prevocational Training Application Program online system.
To help support internship applications, we strongly recommend that all medical students think about applying for their internship early. The application process can be confusing for some, and some aspects of the process create more questions than others. One such area is that of proficiency and confidence in speaking and writing in English.
In order to practice safely in Australia, registered health practitioners should have strong English language skills. This enables them to communicate effectively with patients and their relatives, collaborate with other health care professionals and keep clear accurate health records.
The registration standards for English language skills are set by the Medical Board of Australia. They aim to ensure that everyone who registers as a medical practitioner in Australia has these skills, regardless of their language background or visa status.
Whilst in some circumstances it may seem silly that you are being required to prove your English proficiency, the rules are the rules, and it’s important to view this as a component of supporting the maintenance of the standards and public reputation of the medical professionalism.
There have been cases of medical students being unable to be assessed for an internship placement because of a lack of evidence that they are proficient in English, or because language test results are not available before the recruitment process closes.
To avoid disappointment, candidates applying for an internship need to check the details of the registration standards available on the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) website. If you have questions you can contact AHPRA directly.