It is expected that the Commonwealth Medical Internships (CMI) programme will open applications for eligible final year medical students to participate in the CMI 2016 in late August 2015. A change has been made to the CMI eligibility criteria which now requires applicants to have met the Medical Board of Australia’s (MBA) English language requirements at the time of applying for the CMI programme. In past years applicants who were in the process of meeting the MBA English language requirements were able to apply with eligibility contingent on meeting the requirement before the internship commenced.
This change has been introduced after a number of CMI participants withdrew from the CMI programme days before commencement of their internship because they were unable to meet the MBA English language requirements. This left some hospitals without interns for the year and prevented others from having those opportunities. This approach aligns the Commonwealth with a number of states and territories that require MBA English language requirements to have been met at the time of application. Please note that new registration standards for English language proficiency will come into effect from 1 July 2015. Information about the new standard is available on the Australian Health Practitioners Registration Agency website http://www.ahpra.gov.au/Registration/Registration-Standards/English-language-skills.aspx
If you are considering applying for the CMI you will need to ensure you meet all eligibility requirements. The eligibility requirements are provided below for your information.
CMI Eligibility Criteria
• be a full-fee paying international student completing their medical degree during the current calendar year from an onshore medical school in Australia, having completed all of their medical degree in Australia (short-term elective rotations completed offshore will not exclude applicants provided rotations have university approval); and
• have met the Medical Board of Australia (MBA) English language proficiency requirements for registration purposes (provisional registration as a medical practitioner cannot be obtained without meeting this standard); and
• not be an Australian Citizen; and
• commit to obtaining an appropriate visa to work in Australia during the internship year and as long as necessary to complete the return of service obligation (refer to the Department of Immigration and Border Protection website for details www.immi.gov.au/).
Applicants who do not meet all eligibility criteria will be ruled ineligible.
Information about the CMI is available on the Department’s website. The Commonwealth Medical Internships Programme Guidelines provides detailed information on all elements of the CMI programme http://www.health.gov.au/internet/main/publishing.nsf/Content/work-commonwealth-medical-internships. Any queries you have about eligibility for the CMI programme can be sent to [email protected].
The Commonwealth Medical Internships Team