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Doctors in Training

Doctors in Training

Grow and progress as a junior doctor and lay the foundations for your specialty training journey in northern Queensland.

Doctors in Training

The junior doctor years in training are a crucial time in your medical career. You are consolidating and expanding your skillset and confidence while exploring your career and specialty training pathway options.

While traditionally the training pathway towards specialist training was metropolitan-centric, this is certainly not the case anymore. Major hospitals and health services across northern Queensland offer exciting opportunities for professional development to junior doctors.

Currently, there are around 300 junior doctor positions available in northern Queensland in hospital and health services (HHS) in Cairns, Mackay, Mount Isa and Townsville, and their surrounding regions.

NQRTH is here to help you as you consider employment options in resident medical officer positions. In addition to the below information, you can find out more about the recruitment process in our 2025 Medical Recruitment Campaign Webinar Series.

Application Process

Queensland Health holds an annual recruitment campaign for roles at hospitals and heath services across the state in the following positions:

  • Junior House Officer (JHO) - 2nd post-graduate year.
  • Senior House Officer (SHO) - 3rd post-graduate year.
  • Principal House Officer (PHO) – 4th year and beyond post-graduate year
  • Registrars and trainees

Like the state’s intern recruitment process, applications for Resident Medical Officers are conducted through a centralised e-recruitment system.

  • Complete all steps of the online form and submit before the closing date
    Upload mandatory documentation:
    • Medical degree, MBA Registration, resume, VPDs, proof of identification
    • IMGs/OTDs will need to supply visa documentation, VEVO entitlements check, AMC MCQ or AMC cert if applicable
  • Check and update any documents that were pre-populated from last year’s application (if applicable)
  • Nominate 2 referees
  • Nominate up to 5 preferences on the application form (location and positions)
  • Contact individual hospital(s) regarding:
    • Position information
    • Selection processes
    • Selection outcomes
A note on referees

You must include two referees when applying for a Queensland Health Resident Medical Officer position.

Facilities generally prefer Consultants as referees; however, we understand that this may not be possible. Referee report questions are based on your work experience. Some referees will not be able to respond if they have not directly observed you.

RMO and Registrar Recruitment 2024 Key Dates

3 June 2024

The RMO campaign accepts applications from candidates applying for positions as registrars, Principal House Officers, Senior House Officers and Junior House Officers

1 July 2024

Applications close. All applications must be submitted online by the closing date. Queensland Health will not accept late submissions and does not hold multiple submission rounds.

Salary, allowances and overtime

Queensland Health provides attractive remuneration packages for medical practitioners.

Salary packages for medical officers may include base wages, as well as additional allowances.


Relocation Assistance

FNQ hospitals pay for relocation costs.

Queensland Health may offer relocation packages for interstate and overseas candidates thinking of making the move to Queensland.

Relocation packages are offered at the discretion of each of HHS and negotiations should be undertaken directly with the employing Queensland Health facility or HHS at the time of the job offer.

Related policies

Resident Medical Officers and Senior Medical Officers - HR Policy D4 - Transfer and Appointment Expenses outlines the entitlements for transfer and appointment expenses for the nominated Queensland Health employees, including RMOs.

Lifestyle as a medical officer in northern Queensland

Come for the training opportunities and stay for the lifestyle that beautiful northern Queensland offers. The relaxed lifestyle and natural beauty right on your doorstep is a major drawcard for the medical officers in our regions.

Outside the hospital, you’ll have the opportunity for plenty of adventures. From the idyllic Whitsundays Islands and reef of the far north to the rugged outback in the north west, you’ll discover just how beautiful northern Queensland truly is.

Explore our regions and the adventure and lifestyle on offer.

NQRTH is an initiative of the Australian Government's Integrated Rural Training Pipeline (IRTP) and is facilitated by James Cook University in partnership with public and private hospitals, Queensland Aboriginal and Islander Health Council (QAIHC), health services, Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisations (ACCHOs) and GP clinics.

Cairns region
(07) 4226 8187

Central West region
(07) 4764 1547

Mackay region
(07) 4885 7122

North West region
(07) 4764 1547

Torres and Cape region
(07) 4095 6103

Townsville region
(07) 4781 3424