SA Health receives many enquiries from qualified medical practitioners and people studying or considering medicine as a career from within and outside of Australia.
The purpose is to provide consistent information about the range of employment opportunities in all medical fields across SA Health.
It will provide you with broad information about the various medical roles in SA Health and will direct you to the most relevant location for your specific interest/qualification.
About SA Health
SA Health incorporates all hospitals and health units in the public health system – in metropolitan Adelaide and country SA.
SA Health is committed to protecting and improving the health of all South Australians by providing leadership in health reform, public health services, health and medical research, policy development and planning, with an increased focus on well-being, illness prevention, early intervention and quality care.
SA Health is the brand name for the health portfolio of services and agencies responsible to the Minister for Health and Ageing and the Minister for Mental Health & Substance Abuse.
The portfolio consists of:
- Department for Health and Ageing
- Central Adelaide Local Health Network (CALHN)
- Northern Adelaide Local Health Network (NALHN)
- Southern Adelaide Local Health Network (SALHN)
- Women’s and Children’s Health Network (WCHN)
- Country Health SA Local Health Network (CHSALHN)
- Statewide Support Services
For more information about SA Health
Eligibility for medical roles with SA Health
There are a range of eligibility criteria for each role in SA Health and those criteria are specified in the individual role descriptions. To be eligible to practice as a medical practitioner in SA Health the minimum requirements are:
- Registered or eligible for registration with the Medical Board of Australia through the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA)
- Pre-employment screening prior to commencement eg Satisfactory criminal history check, immunisation status, occupational health and safety checks
Additional criteria will be dependent on the classification of the role and specific requirements of the position. All criteria and special conditions are detailed in the individual role description.
Priority for appointment is given to applicants who are either Australian Citizens or Australian permanent residents in the first instance, which is in accordance with the Immigration Department requirements.
Visa holders and candidates requiring sponsorship continue to have a right to apply, however the right to placement is secondary to local applicants (Australian Citizens or Residents).
In recent years Australia has seen an increase in the number of medical graduates which has a direct impact on SA Health’s requirement to appoint visa holders or to sponsor candidates. It is anticipated that sponsorship (by SA Health) for medical roles will be primarily used for specialty and hard to fill positions.
Conditions of Employment
Employment conditions and salary rates for medical officers employed by SA Health are excellent.
SA Health has generous provisions for salary packaging, work life flexibility, professional development, private practice (where relevant) and a range of allowances.
Conditions of employment and salaries are in accordance with the South Australian Medical Officers Award and the SA Health Salaried Medical Officers Enterprise Agreement 2013
Visiting Medical Specialists
The conditions of employment and salary rates for Visiting Medical Specialists are outlined in the SA Health Visiting Medical Specialists Enterprise Agreement 2012