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Internships at BRHS

From 2023, Bairnsdale Regional Health Service (BRHS) will facilitate the placement of 7 interns in the region for the full year of internship.

These placements combine with 3 Rural Generalist Interns and 5 Eastern Health rotational placements comprising the intern workforce at BRHS.

These rural pathway placements represent an opportunity to experience rural medicine, working alongside general practitioners, visiting and staff specialists within a community focused hospital.

BRHS is a multifaceted and growing regional health system providing a comprehensive array of health care services to the East Gippsland community.

BRHS is driven by the vision to be an innovative leader in the health care field and provide outstanding person-centred services to our community. 

Three campuses in Bairnsdale provide opportunities for staff and students across a wide range of professional specialties including emergency, acute, sub-acute, maternity, residential aged care, allied health, community health, oral health, information technology, administration, finance and extensive support services.

As the region’s largest employer, BRHS is a magnet that attracts talented professionals to the region and maintains a strong commitment to developing key strategic partnerships to enhance healthcare services in the region strengthening our community. 

We maintain a strong commitment to understanding the health service needs of the local population.

Our fundamental commitment to partnering with our consumers through ongoing collaboration supports our delivery of great consumer experiences and health outcomes. 

BRHS is located on the lands of the Gunaikurnai people. 

Our Medical Services

The BRHS Medical Services Division is comprised of three clinical areas and the BRHS Medical Services Directorate is comprised of five clinical disciplines (Internal Medicine, General Medicine, Emergency Medicine, Rehabilitation Medicine, and Surgery), Pharmacy, Medical Imaging, Pathology and a Medical Workforce Administration team.

The BRHS senior medical workforce consists of 3 General Surgeons, 3 General Physicians, 1 Rehabilitation Physician, 8+ Senior Medical Officer’s (Emergency Medicine), and various fractional medical specialists & locums in a wide range of medical and surgical specialties, enabling it to provide services across a broad spectrum of care. 

The administrative area comprises a Director of Medical Service (DMS), Deputy Director of Medical Services (DDMS), a Medical Workforce Manager and 3 Administration Support Officers.

Medical Services is responsible for the provision of high-quality, locally appropriate medical care for the consumers of BRHS.

This is achieved through BRHS medical staff working with the multidisciplinary team of BRHS in collaboration with visiting medical officers, community health care providers, services from other hospitals and in partnership with the patient and carer(s). 

Clinical Disciplines

The Internal Medicine team manages the High Dependency Unit (including evening and overnight oncall support), Hospital in the Home (HITH) program and hospital based patient care; with the physicians also delivering a consultation service via the BRHS Medical Consulting Rooms.

The General Medicine Team consist of 18 GP VMO’s with admission rights to BRHS, providing acute inpatient care; as well as Obstetric and Anaesthetic Services.

The Rehabilitation Unit provides acute inpatient services and an outpatient consultancy service.

The Surgical team two operating theatres, recovery room, pre admission clinic and day procedure ward supported by a 20 bed surgical ward. Local and visiting specialists provide a range of services including general surgery, orthopaedics, gynaecology, urology, ophthalmology, endoscopy and dental.  Local General Practitioner Anaesthetists (GPA’s) provide anaesthetic services. 

The Emergency Department is a 24/7 service providing trauma and emergency healthcare to the East Gippsland region with 2 resus beds, 9 cubicles, health assessment room, fast track & treatment rooms and a 5 bed short-stay unit. 

Diagnostic facilities at BRHS include Pathology, General Radiology, CT, Fluoroscopy, Sonography, Echocardiography and a new MRI service. 

General Information

The mainstream program provides a great introduction to a medical rural career by providing training in both a health service and primary care setting while working along-side and being mentored by a broad range of hospital medical officers and specialists, as well as local GPs and Rural Generalists.

Pastoral Care and Support

Nervous about starting your Internship?

Don’t be!

Bairnsdale Regional Health Service has a well-resourced support network in place, and we take out pastoral care and welfare obligations very seriously.

Education Program

The education program is a key component for this intern placement, and one that integrates education across multiple sites.

There are two protected teaching sessions each week, as well as many other educational opportunities.

  • Each intern has the opportunity to attend a full year of weekly educational activities that are based on the Australian Curriculum Framework for Junior Doctors.
  • The program has a strong skills-based component, working in association with the Monash Rural Clinical School, and all interns are released from their clinical duties to attend these workshops.
  • Where appropriate, some educational activities will be multidisciplinary and/or vertically integrated either with medical students or GPs.
  • Teaching will include access to the Rural Generalist education training program where there are additional monthly education practical sessions.

One-on-one teaching on the run moments and supervisory review are in addition to this program. 

Work/Life balance

Located 30 minutes (at most) from the ocean and beautiful beaches of East Gippsland, and 2 hours from the ski fields in winter, you will enjoy a perfect work/life balance completing your Internship with BRHS. 

Here’s more info about this beautiful region.

Intern Program – Orientation

You will be orientated to the BRHS intern program alongside the Rural Generalist Interns as a group at a face-to-face week-long orientation that covers all aspects of working in a rural health service.

By the end of week-long orientation, you will be well and truly ready to commence work with Bairnsdale Regional Health Service.

Doctors in Training Positions

PGY1 Interns – 7 posts (from 2023)

Your rotations will comprise 1 term of each:

Your Intern year will involve at least 48 weeks of supervised clinical experience and will cover the core rotations.

HMO2 – (from 2023) RG2 or mainstream

2024 will allow for lateral entry to the Rural Generalist program, where we have 4 positions These RG2 (PGY2) posts will rotate through:

  • Emergency Medicine
  • General practice (with direct link to hospital GPAs and GPOs)
  • Rehabilitation and Geriatric Evaluation
  • General Practice

or the option to continue with a general HMO year:

  • Emergency Medicine
  • Surgical
  • Internal Medicine (with High Dependency Unit);
  • Reliever role

HMO3 – (From 2023) RG3 or mainstream

For PGY3, BRHS offers the rotations to complete the core hospital training requirements for rural Generalist training:

  • Obstetrics and Gynaecology
  • Anaesthetics
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Internal Medicine (with High Dependency Unit)

or the option to continue with a tailored HMO3 year concentrating in a particular specialty, often as an unaccredited registrar.

To apply for BRHS mainstream positions, trainees should: email cover letter to

  • Demonstrate an understanding and commitment to a career in a rural setting.
  • Identify why you aspire to become a rural doctor.
  • Provide an outline of your career pathway and why a rural Internship will be your top preference.

BRHS Medical Workforce

Dr Zaman Jawahar, Medical Workforce Manager

(03) 5150 3356

122 Day St, Bairnsdale VIC 3875, Australia

To apply for BRHS mainstream intern positions, trainees should: email cover letter to

  • Demonstrate an understanding and commitment to a career in a rural setting.
  • Identify why you aspire to become a rural doctor.
  • Provide an outline of your career pathway and why a rural Internship will be your top preference.

To apply for BRHS mainstream intern positions, trainees should: email cover letter to

  • Demonstrate an understanding and commitment to a career in a rural setting
  • Identify why you aspire to become a rural doctor
  • Provide an outline of your career pathway and why a rural Internship will be your top preference

Some features of BRHS include:

  • 52 Acute Beds
  • 19 Sub-Acute Beds
  • Modern Theatre Suite
  • High Dependency Unit
  • Day Procedure Unit
  • Oncology/Medical Ambulatory Day Unit
  • Dialysis Unit
  • Emergency Department + Short Stay Unit
  • Palliative Care
  • Maternity Services
  • Aged Care Facility
  • Allied Health Services
  • Medical Outpatient Services
  • Home-Based Services  including Hospital in the Home, Community Health and a CBD campus.

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