Careers

HMOs

HMOs have the opportunity to work in one of three dedicated streams (medical, surgical and general) to provide the experience and training to match your career interests.

Western Health actively supports HMOs planning to enter training in all specialties including General Practice.

In 2022 Western Health offered 216 HMO positions.

We offer a breadth of HMO rotations across four 13 week terms, with rotations in each of our 3 main streams including:

General Stream

Anaesthetics, Emergency, ICU, Paediatrics, Paediatric Emergency, Psychiatry, Addiction Medicine, Aged Care/Rehab, Palliative Care, Electronic Medical Record, General Medical, Speciality Medical (e.g Gastro, Renal, Respiratory, Oncology, Cardiology), O&G (3 or 6 months +/- Womens Health Certificate or Diploma of Obstetrics)

Surgical Stream

General Surgery, Plastics, ENT, Breast, Endocrine, Upper GI & Hepatobilliary, Urology, Vascular, Thoracic, Neurosurgery, Oral & Maxilofacial, Orthopaedics, Perioperative Medicine, Anaesthetics, ICU, Emergency, Paediatric Surgery (RCH)

Medical (BPT) Stream

Recruitment into the medical stream enables entry into the Basic Physician Training (BPT) program. This occurs within the framework of the Greater Western Consortium with some rotations to RMH, Ballarat and Albury Wodonga. 

General Medicine, Cardiology, Gastroenterology, Respiratory, Oncology, Nephrology, Endocrinology, Haematology, Infectious Diseases, Rheumatology, Acute Aged Care, Orthogeriatrics, GEM, ICU, Neurology, Palliative Care, Dermatology

 

HMO Education and Support

HMOs are supported by dedicated Directors of Training and Medical Education Officers for each stream from the Western Health Medical Education Unit, with unit specific weekly education on each rotation and dedicated weekly HMO teaching in most rotations.

HMO Rotations

Most rotations occur at our two main campuses: Sunshine Hospital (including the Joan Kirner Women’s & Children’s Hospital) and Footscray Hospital. A small number of rotations occur at our Williamstown and Sunbury campuses.

A small number of HMOs rotate externally for terms including Paediatrics in Mildura and Melton, Paediatric Surgery at the Royal Children’s Hospital, and Psychiatry in Werribee, Melton and at Orygen.

Senior HMO Positions

A small number of Senior HMO positions for PGY3+ level doctors at Western Health are appointed directly by individual departments (ED, critical care, O&G, neonatal services), see below for further details.

"I came to Western Health for internship and have really appreciated the camaraderie and support amongst junior doctors here. There is a strong culture of improvement at Western and lots of opportunities for doctors to have their voice heard. I'm doing BPT1 this year, and am really enjoying the ward based teaching from registrars and consultants. I also love getting involved with teaching and mentoring interns and medical students."

Dr Sonia Srinivasan HMO2

Applying for HMO positions at Western Health:

Nominate your preferred stream when applying (only one application is required even if you are interested in multiple streams).

Our HMO application guide from last year is available here with further information to help you prepare your application (2023 application guide available soon). 2023 HMO Careers Information Guide is now available.

You can also view the recording of last years 2022 HMO Information Evening, and hear from our Directors of Training about the general, surgical and medical HMO training streams at Western Health.

The standard reference form for direct application non-matched positions is available here.

Full-time appointments are preferred, but part-time and job-share arrangements will be considered for suitable applicants in some rotations.

Please note, applicants must have either full General Registration with AHPRA, or be eligible for the Competent Authority Pathway (e.g UK and Irish IMGs), to apply via our main intake.

 

General & Surgical Streams

HMO2s in the general and surgical streams are recruited via the PMCV match – applications must be made to both the PMCV and Western Health.

1. PMCV application: Refer to the PMCV website, and register for the PMCV HMO Match. Applications open Monday 11th July, close Friday 12th August 2022.

           and also

2. Western Health application: Apply via our careers website, complete our online application form and upload your CV and cover letter. Applications open: Monday 11th July, close Friday 12th August 2022.

 

HMO3s and above in the general and surgical streams are recruited directly by Western Health.

1. Western Health application only: Apply via our careers website, complete our online application form and upload your CV and cover letter. Applications open: Monday 11th July, close Friday 12th August 2022.

 

Medical (BPT) Stream

HMOs in the BPT medical stream are recruited via the PMCV match – applications must be made to both the PMCV and Western Health.

1. PMCV application: Refer to the PMCV website, and register for the PMCV BPT Match. Applications open:

BPT 1-2 PMCV match applications: open Friday 1st July, close Friday 29th July 2022

BPT 3 PMCV match applications: open Monday 4th June, close Friday 22nd July 2022

and also

2. Western Health application: Apply via our careers website, complete our online application form and upload your CV and cover letter. Applications: open Friday 1st July, close Friday 29th July 2022

 

ED Medical Officers

The ED Medical Officer position is suitable for PGY3+ doctors interested in an immersive ED experience. Both our Sunshine and Footscray departments are supported by on-the-floor Consultant led supervision, leadership and teaching from 0800-2400hrs, 7 days a week. A dedicated ED HMO education program runs weekly as well as additional bedside teaching and simulation. We also support HMOs interested in completing their ACEM certificate, and research is actively supported through the Joseph Epstein Centre for Emergency Medicine Research.

Express your interest in an ED Medical Officer role via our Frontline Careers page.

 

Senior HMO positions

A small number of Senior HMO positions are appointed directly by individual departments. These are generally 12 month terms suitable for PGY3+ doctors. These positions directly recruited by their respective departments and are generally advertised on our Western Health Emercury careers website in around April/May each year. You can contact our Medical Workforce Unit if you would like further details.

Critical Care (Anaesthetics): 12 months

Paediatrics (Neonatal Services): 6-12 months

O&G: 12 months

 

HMO3+ position at Bacchus Marsh Hospital

The Bacchus Marsh campus at Western Health offers a rare introduction to rural generalist experience for HMOs in a location close to Melbourne.

The HMO role includes time working in the Urgent Care Centre (UCC) and as well as the Medical & Surgical Ward (MSW). Rostering is weekdays only 8am-4pm with no after-hours or weekends.

Full-time, part time and job-share applications are welcome, with flexibility for suitable candidates to accommodate GP exam preparation, professional development, and work-life balance. Appointments are for 6 months (3 months UCC / 3 months MSW) with potential to extend to 12 months if desired.

Interested applicants can contact Dr David Smallwood: david.smallwood(at)wh.org.au