Education and Training

The first two postgraduate years are a time to consolidate basic skills and to acquire attitudes and habits that will support a lifetime of ethical, safe and compassionate practice and ongoing medical learning.

The Postgraduate Medical Council supports practical experience, under appropriate supervision, as the emphasis of pre-vocational education and training.


  • honesty, integrity and reliability in dealings with patients and colleagues alike;
  • adequate knowledge of basic and clinical sciences, and application of this knowledge to the care of patients with a broad range of common and important medical and surgical conditions;
  • appropriate clinical skills, including history taking and physical examination, to permit sufficient definition of the patient’s problems in order to make a provisional diagnosis and formulate an appropriate plan of investigation and the ability to interpret commonly used investigations and tests;
  • the ability to organise, synthesise and act on information gained from the patient and other sources so as to exhibit sound clinical judgement and decision-making;
  • the ability to use information technology to access key information, clinical practice guidelines and evidence based medicine;
  • the ability to act effectively in emergency situations;
  • an understanding of preventive care and the importance of modification of risk factors and life style in plans of management for patients and their families;
  • the ability to perform simple procedures competently, understanding the indications for, and risks of the procedures undertaken;
  • the ability to work effectively within a team of health care personnel, including other doctors, nurses, allied health professionals and undergraduate students;
  • effective time management;
  • a commitment to self assessment and continuing medical education and an ability to locate and critically appraise biomedical literature relevant to everyday clinical practice;
  • a willingness to be involved in teaching of others, including undergraduate medical students, nurses and allied health professionals.
Australian Curriculum Framework for Junior Doctors

The curriculum framework outlines the knowledge, skills, behaviours and competencies that are required of prevocational doctors in order to work safely in Australian hospitals and other healthcare settings. Further information about the curriculum framework. View/download a PDF version.

Assessment and Appraisal for Junior Doctors

In addition to the introduction of the National Registration Standard in 2014, the Australian Medical Council (AMC) introduced a national term assessment form. This term assessment form is a mandatory requirement and is a resource for mid-term and end of term performance assessment of interns in the context of the AMC’s Intern Outcome Statements.


2019 Intern and RMO Term Dates

Term Start Date End Date Duration
Term 1 14 January 2019 31 March 2019 11 Weeks
Term 2 01 April 2019 9 June 2019 10 Weeks
Term 3 10 June 2019 18 August 2019 10 Weeks
Term 4 19 August 2019 27 October 2019 10 Weeks
Term 5 28 October 2019 12 January 2020 11 Weeks

Please Note: The number of terms may differ between hospitals. Please refer to individual hospitals for details.

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2018 Intern and RMO term dates

Term Start Date End Date Duration
Term 1 15 January 2018 25 March 2018 10 Weeks
Term 2 26 March 2018 10 June 2018 11 Weeks
Term 3 11 June 2018 19 August 2018 10 Weeks
Term 4 20 August 2018 28 October 2018 10 Weeks
Term 5 29 October 2018 13 January 2019 11 Weeks

Please Note: The number of terms may differ between hospitals. Please refer to individual hospitals for details.

For further enquiries, please send an email to