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 Trainee Positions

  • 4 six month jobs (hospital based - 12 month applications welcomed)
    • Accredited for Rural/regional training
  • Job share pairs welcome to apply

Trainee Level

  • Prefer Advanced, but will consider Basic trainee


  • For all applicatns - Dr Joel Ziffer: jziffer@bendigohealth.org.au; 03 54547372 (Assistant: Vicki Dean)

Roster and on-call

  • Rotating roster: 43 hour weeks (incl. 5 hours teaching time) staffing a 24 hour roster with multiple outpatient clinics each week depending on shift time.


  • 12 paediatric beds
  • 10 bed level 4 SCN (1,350 births) down to 32 weeks
  • Adult ICU supporting HDU paediatric patients

Junior Staff

  • 5 HMO staff (incl. one rotating paediatric trainee)
  • 2 other registrars in addition to the above positions (ED Advanced Reg and advanced skills GP stream)

Senior Staff

  • Hospital: 9 x VMO paediatricians

Clinics (that trainees can attend)

  • One post admission clinic per week, 3 general paediatric clinics per week, 1 paediatrics diabetes clinic fortnightly

Education and Teaching

  • 3 hours protected teachign time Wed afternoon Rural Child Health training module
  • Weekly x-ray meeting, multi-disciplinary simulation sessions and unit education meeting
  • Lots of Monash Uni students about.


  • As per award.


  • Hospital accommodation availavle at cost.

    Bendigo is a lovely place to live & work. Very active RMO group. Heathcote wineries nearby. Join a Saturday morning bike group. Live theatre with new shows every couple of weeks. A hospital that has a lot of energy, excitement and optimism as it faces a complete rebuild. Trains run to Melbourne hourly. An easy 90 minute drive to the centre of Melbourne. Good schools, long day care available. Ideally suits trainees in their final couple of years of training (if you wanted to come for a year and knock off both your community and rural terms, we have set it up), but we've valued and supported basic trainees in this role in the past