The internship year marks the transition from medical student to medical practitioner.
Medical graduates are granted provisional registration by the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (Ahpra) for their intern year and are required to undertake a series of term rotations prior to being eligible for general registration.
These mandatory terms are designed to provide experience in a range of clinical settings, and include:
- a term of at least eight weeks that provides experience in emergency medical care
- a term of at least 10 weeks that provides experience in medicine
- a term of at least 10 weeks that provides experience in surgery, and
- a range of other approved terms to make up 12 months (minimum of 47 weeks full-time equivalent service).
Interns are only permitted to work in positions which have been accredited against standards by an authority approved by the Medical Board of Australia. In Western Australia, this delegated authority is PMCWA.
Intern training may be undertaken part time, but once started, must be completed within three years.