A hospital non-specialist is a doctor with no postgraduate qualifications, who receives a government salary for the delivery of non-specialist healthcare services in a public hospital to public patients.
Hospital non-specialists have no right to private practice within the public hospital system.
Public hospital positions
- Internships (typically the one year of supervised training required by the Medical Board of Australia to achieve general registration) – These positions are primarily intended for graduates of Australian medical schools. The demand for internship positions is extremely high and there is significant competition for them.
- Resident Medical Officers (RMOs)/Hospital Medical Officers (HMOs) – These are generally doctors in their second or third year of prevocational training.
- Registrars (specialists-in-training).
- Postgraduate trainees
- to pass the Australian Medical Council exams
- to complete the 12 months of supervised clinical practice required as part of the Australian medical registration process
- or even just to provide training opportunities in various specialties.
Medicare provider number
You still need a Medicare provider number to:
- make referrals to specialist services
- request pathology or diagnostic imaging services
- prescribe medications
Medicare provider number restrictions
Medicare provider number application form