Please refer to the laboratories accredited for training for sites which are accredited for registrar training in Microbiology.

Occasionally vacant registrar positions are also posted in the Job listings.

There is a centralised appointment system in the greater Sydney area that includes all public laboratories, St Vincents Hospital and the Douglass Hanly Moir laboratory. The public laboratory in the ACT is not included. This arrangement is supported by the RCPA and NSW Health Pathology.

There will be a centralized advertisement and application system though the NSW Health eRecruit system. Although employment contracts are for one year, the participating laboratories as a group have committed to ensuring that, provided there is satisfactory progress in training, registrars in the system will be able to complete their training at an accredited laboratory within the group.

While the laboratories will endeavor to match applicant preferences with laboratory preferences, applicants may not always be assigned their first preference and may be required to work at a laboratory that is not located within the inner Sydney metropolitan area. Applicants are expected to honor all assigments.

Participant laboratories are:

ICPMR, Westmead
St Vincents Hospital
Royal North Shore Hospital
Concord Hospital
Liverpool hospital
Royal Prince Alfred Hospital
Nepean Hospital
Prince of Wales Hospital
St George Hospital
Wollongong Hospital
John Hunter Hospital
Douglass Hanly Moir laboratory

For further information please contact Marco Chan.

Please refer to the laboratories accredited for training for sites which are accredited for registrar training in Microbiology.

Occasionally vacant registrar positions are also posted in the Job listings.

Each state and territory in Australia has its own system for appointing trainees.
To be considered in more than one state or territory separate applications need to be lodged.

Queensland Microbiology Registrar Training

Contact: Prof Graeme Nimmo, Director, Microbiology, Pathology Queensland, 07 3646 0144.

Appointments to the Queensland Microbiology Training Programme are co-ordinated by the Medical Support Unit, Pathology Queensland in conjunction with Pathology Queensland’s State Director of Microbiology.


Queensland Microbiology Training Laboratories

Pathology Queensland Central Laboratory, RBWH Campus, Herston
Pathology Queensland PAH Laboratory - Woolloongabba
Sullivan Nicolaides Pathology Laboratory – SNP
Mater Hospital Laboratory – Mater
Pathology Queensland Townsville Hospital Laboratory, Douglas
Pathology Queensland GCUH Laboratory, Southport

There are currently 8 training positions across these laboratories. Typically there can be up to 3 vacancies per year.

Eligibility Criteria

The holder of this position must have an MBBS or equivalent qualification and be registrable with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA). The incumbent must become a registered trainee with the Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia.

Applications from overseas trained doctors without FULL AMC accreditation will not be considered.

Applications from overseas trained specialists who are not residing in Australia with a valid working visa will not be considered.

It is a Queensland Health requirement that all Australian and New Zealand citizens and applicants with permanent residency who are eligible for appointment be offered positions before those with temporary visas.

Key Skill Requirements/Competencies

  • Demonstrated academic achievement and interest in pathology.
  • Demonstrated interpersonal skills, including the ability to work as a team member and to relate successfully with other staff at all levels.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate clearly and concisely in both spoken and written English, including formal and informal presentation of scientific, teaching or clinical material.
  • Ability, interest and willingness to participate in the teaching of pathology and in research.
  • An understanding of the concepts of a client focused service, and of the principles of quality management and continuous quality improvement.

How to apply

Positions for all pathology disciplines are advertised through the Queensland Health RMO Campaign at http://www.health.qld.gov.au/rmo/default.asp and on the RCPA website.

The RMO Campaign opens in mid June and closes in mid July.

Application for a training position must be completed online at the above Queensland Health website.

The Selection Process

Applicants who do not meet the eligibility criteria will not be further considered.

Applications and referee reports from all eligible applicants with be evaluated based on the selection criteria, and a short list will be created.

Interviews are usually held in August.

Applicants who are offered an interview will be notified by phone and email at least a week before the interviews.

Applicants are encouraged to attend the interview in person.

The Interview

The Director, Microbiology, Pathology Queensland, Prof Graeme Nimmo organises interviews after the short listing process is completed.

Applicants will need to supply 2 referee reports.

Successful Applicants

Offers of training positions are e-mailed shortly after the interviews and letters of appointment are made to successful applicants by the Medical Support Unit, Pathology Queensland usually by early October.


Unsuccessful Applicants

Unsuccessful applicants will be notified by the RMO Campaign. Applicants may submit a request for feedback to Graeme_Nimmo@health.qld.gov.au

Subsequent Years

All Microbiology Registrars will have to reapply prior to appointment for each training year.

Please refer to the laboratories accredited for training for sites which are accredited for registrar training in Microbiology.

Occasionally vacant registrar positions are also posted in the Job listings.

There is one Microbiology training position in Tasmania located at the Royal Hobart Hospital. The application process is institution based and appointments are made through the Royal Hobart Hospital.

Application Process

Applications are made to the Medical Staffing Unit at the Royal Hobart Hospital. Applications usually open in May and close in early August each year. http://www.jobs.tas.gov.au/)

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants must:

  • Be currently registered or be eligible for registration with the Medical Board of Australia.
  • Have completed a minimum of two years post graduate training in clinical posts by the time of commencement of the program.

Selection Criteria and Selection Process

Applicants must have demonstrated clinical competence, and a commitment to the study of microbiology. Applicants should have excellent verbal and written communication skills and be able to work effectively in a team.

Applications and referee reports from all eligible applicants will be evaluated, and a short list of applicants will be prepared. Interviews (possibly by telephone) may be conducted depending on the circumstances. Applications are considered by Microbiologist’s at the Royal Hobart Hospital, the Director of Pathology at the Royal Hobart Hospital and representatives from Hobart Pathology. Appointments are made on the basis of merit, though consideration is given to providing a balance between junior and senior registrars in the department.

Offers of appointment are generally made by early September. Appointments are usually for one year after which trainees will need to re-apply. Two year appointments may be negotiated in some circumstances.

Microbiology Registrar

Applications are invited from suitably qualified medical practitioners for the above positions. The appointment of these positions is coordinated by the VIC Microbiology Steering Committee on behalf of Microbiology Departments of participating area health services and private laboratories.

All new and existing trainees including RCPA trainees in other states or regions refer to 2020 Application section to download the application forms. Interviews will be conducted and held at Melbourne Pathology on Thursday 6th September.

All application forms are available on www.rcpa.edu.au

2020 Microbiology Training Information Forms

Victoria Microbiology Training

Please refer to the laboratories accredited for training for sites which are accredited for registrar training in Microbiology.

Occasionally vacant registrar positions are also posted in the Job listings.

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