Launching your medical career

Before you can work as a doctor, you're required to complete a one-year internship as a Junior Medical Officer. Your internship must be conducted at an approved training facility following your graduation from the Joint Medical Program. In Australia, State Health Departments are responsible for the funding of, and placement of students for, internships. Internships are therefore determined by the relevant State Health Departments, not universities. The NSW Health Department has made it clear that no Australian trained international medical student is guaranteed an internship upon graduation.

Once their internship is completed, most graduates continue to work in the public hospital system. They use this time to undertake specialised training. Depending on your area of specialisation, your training could take four to five years to complete after graduation. Visit the Health Education and Training Institute for more information.

World-class graduates

The Joint Medical Program prepares you for a career in any aspect of medicine in Australia or overseas. It equips you with the knowledge, skills and attributes to:

  • practise medicine based on an integrated body of knowledge and guided by evidence
  • respect the primacy of patient interests
  • demonstrate ethically and socially responsible practice
  • be committed to life-long continuous educational development.

Professional recognition and accreditation

Our Joint Medical Program is accredited with the Australian Medical Council, with registration through the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA). Registration is possible in other countries after passing examinations set by their registration bodies.

Launching successful and rewarding medical careers

The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.