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Intern training program

The Mater Private Hospital Townsville – Intern Training Program provides interns opportunities to apply, consolidate and expand their clinical knowledge and skills, to progressively increase their responsibility for providing safe, high-quality patient-centred care.

The 2024 program runs from 10 January 2024 until 19 January 2025, including a week and a half of orientation. The term dates are as follows:

Orientation week 

10 January to 19 January 2024

(Orientation is across MPHT and THHS)

8 days
Term 1 22 January until 14 April 2024 12 weeks
Term 2 15 April until 23 June 2024 10 weeks
Term 3 24 June until 1 September 2024 10 weeks
Term 4 2 September until 10 November 2024 10 weeks
Term 5 11 November until 19 January 2025 10 weeks


Mater delivers its Intern Training Program in partnership with the Townsville Hospital Health Services (THHS), to offer interns a blended experience of private and public hospital systems. Mater and THHS  work together  to ensure program delivery is inclusive of: start of year orientation, allocations education delivery program activities governance, recruitment, delivering accredited placements, certifying completion and evaluations).

The partnership is formalised under the Clinical Placement Agreement for the Clinical Placement of Interns between Mater Private Hospital Townsville and THHS . Mater also has a rotational relationship with North West Hospital and Health Service (NWHHS), for the delivery of Emergency Department (ED) rotations. NWHHS offers the unique opportunity to experience a rural rotation.

15 placements have been accredited by Prevocational Medical Accreditation Queensland (PMAQ). Mater Private Hospital Townsville is accredited to oversee Intern recruitment and successful completion of the Intern Training Program.

Rotational options for Mater Private Hospital Townsville interns are as follows:

Mater Private Hospital Townsville-rotations (Pimlico and Hyde Park Campuses)

Intensive Care Unit
Coronary Care
Cardiothoracic Unit
General Surgery
General Medicine
Emergency Department
Obstetrics and Gynaecology Unit


Mater Private Hospital Townsville: Specialities 

Anaesthesia Haematology Paediatric Surgery
Bariatric Surgery Infectious Diseases Pain Medicine
Cardiology Eps Medical Microbiology Palliative Medicine
Cardiothoracic Surgery Medical Oncology Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery
Colorectal Surgery Nephrology Radiation Oncology
Ear, Nose, Throat Surgery Neurology Rehabilitation Medicine
Endocrinology Neurosurgery Respiratory & Sleeps Medicine
Geriatric Surgery Obstetric Medicine Rheumatology
Geriatric Medicine Obstetrics & Gynaecology Urogynaecology
Gastroenterology Ophthalmology Urology
General Medicine Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Vascular Surgery
Gynaecology Paediatric Medicine  


Townsville Hospital Health Services– Rotations

Adult Acute Mental Health Haematology Rheumatology
Alcohol, Tobacco & Other Drugs Infectious Diseases Sexual Health
Anaesthetic Medical Oncology Country Practice Term: Charters Towers Hospital
Cardiology Neurology Country Practice Term: Ingham Hospital
Community Paediatrics Neurosurgery Country Practice Term: Palm Island
Emergency Medicine Care Obstetrics & Gynaecology  
Endocrinology Orthopaedics  
Gastroenterology Paediatrics  
General Medicine Palliative Care  
General Surgery Radiology  
Gerontology – Acute Care Rehabilitation – Acute  
Gerontology Geriatric Rehabilitation – Subacute  
Gynaecology Renal  


NWHHS-based placements (Mount Isa Hospital)

Emergency Department


More information about accredited intern rotations in Queensland is available through PMAQ or Queensland Health Website. 

Mater’s Medical Education Unit (MEU) team coordinates the program in its entirety, liaises with partner agencies, organises orientation, runs the Facility Education Program, supports interns employed or hosted by Mater, assists units to meet accreditation requirements, and improves all aspects of the program through evaluation and quality improvement projects.

The Medical Education Unit staff are:

Dr Kiran Hazratwala
Director of Clinical Training 

Olivia Paton
Director of Medical Education and Workforce

Kate McKenzie
Principal Medical Education Officer 

Beth Hickson
Medical Education Officer

Brittany Young
Medical Education Coordinator

2024 Intern Training Program - Expressions of Interest

Recruitment will commence in September 2023 and final year medical students are invited to submit an Expression of Interest for the 2024 Intern Training Program, in accordance with Private Hospital Stream.
To proceed, please send an email to;

  1. A cover letter explaining why you would like to live and work as an intern in Townsville.
  2. Have you applied to the JDTP Private Health Stream 2024?  
  3. What is your current Visa Status?
  4. A copy of your CV and academic transcript (an unofficial transcript is acceptable)
  5. Copy of your application to the 2024 JDTP - PHS
  6. IMG to provide copies of AMC 1 and 2 certificates
  7. Details of two professional referees from clinical placements in Australis, including work email address and phone number.
  8. To find out more information please contact Kate McKenzie PMEO on

To find out more information please contact:

Kate McKenzie
Principal Medical Education Officer
Landline: (07) 4727 4034
Dect: (07) 4727 4480

Beth Hickson
Medical Education Officer
Landline: (07) 4727 4034
Dect: (07) 4727 4076

Brittany Young
Medical Education Coordinator
Landline: (07) 4727 4034
Dect: (07) 4727 4029

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