​What is the NSW Public Health Training Program?

The NSW Public Health Training Program is a three year workplace-based training program, offering a supervised learning experience for people who have completed postgraduate studies in public health and are committed to a career in public health.
 

How many traineeships are available?

The number of traineeships varies from year to year. Usually 4-6 traineeships are available in each intake.
 

When do the traineeships commence?

Traineeships are typically advertised in October of each year, with successful candidates commencing in February of the following year.
 
In some years, a second round of traineeships is advertised in April, with successful candidates commencing in August.
 

Can I undertake the training part-time?

No. The training is offered on a full-time basis only.
 

Am I guaranteed a job at the end of the traineeship?

No. Trainees are responsible for finding a job on completion of their traineeship. 
 

Where are the traineeships based?

Trainee Public Health Officers undertake a range of population health placements within the NSW health system. Placements are located within the NSW Ministry of Health, NSW Local Health Districts, NSW Health Pillars, and other affiliated population health organisations within NSW.
 
Most work placements are located within the Sydney metropolitan area. Trainees may be offered the opportunity to undertake a placement in a rural area of NSW.
 

Can I choose my work placements?

Placements are determined by the Ministry’s Population Health Executive, to ensure their alignment with the strategic and operational priorities of NSW Health. Trainees are matched to placements based on their skill levels, learning needs, professional interests and the requirements of the placement.
 

What are the eligibility criteria?

Applicants are required to meet a number of prerequisites, including the successful completion of a masters or doctoral degree in a public health field, and a minimum of three years of full-time equivalent health-related employment. Applicants must also hold a work visa that gives them permission to work in Australia for the duration of the traineeship.
 
In addition to the above, applicants for Trainee Public Health Officer (Medical) roles are required to hold current general registration as a medical practitioner with the Medical Board of Australia.
 

Do I need to have a Master of Public Health degree, or are other qualifications acceptable?

The traineeships build upon the theory, methodology and values of public health practice that can only be obtained through postgraduate study in public health. Applicants are required to have successfully completed a Master of Public Health degree, or another masters or doctoral degree that includes study in a range of public health areas, including epidemiology and biostatistics, and quantitative and qualitative research methodologies.
 
Applicants that hold a qualification other than a Master of Public Health or a Master of International Public Health must demonstrate to the selection committee that the qualification has a substantial public health component.
 

Can I apply if I am in the final semester of my public health degree?

No. Applicants are required to provide an official academic transcript demonstrating that they have successfully completed their degree at the time of application.
 

What is health-related employment?

In general, health-related employment encompasses a broad range of experiences, including but not limited to: clinical experience, health research, health policy, health management, planning and development of health services and health promotion.
 
The requirement for health-related experience aims to ensure that applicants have already developed:
  • an understanding of disease;
  • a context for meeting the healthcare needs of patients and their families; and
  • an awareness of the complexities involved in providing an equitable health service, and in developing robust public health solutions.
Employment in administrative and sales roles within the health sector is considered less directly ‘health related’, as it does not usually provide the same depth of knowledge of these issues, and does not adequately prepare applicants for these traineeships.
 

Can I apply if I have less than 3 years of health-related experience?

No. Applicants must have completed at least 3 years of full-time equivalent health-related employment.
 

Can I apply if I don’t have any Australian health-related experience?

There is no requirement to have health-related employment experience within Australia; however applicants are expected to demonstrate an understanding of the Australian healthcare system. 
 

Can I apply if I am not an Australian citizen or permanent resident?

All temporary positions within the NSW Ministry of Health require applicants to hold a work visa that gives them permission to work in Australia for the duration of the position. Thus, the traineeships are open to:
  • Australian citizens
  • Australian permanent residents
  • New Zealand citizens
  • People who hold a valid work visa for the duration of the traineeship (3 years). This does not include bridging visas.
The traineeships are highly competitive, and there is no shortage of Australian applicants. Thus, the Ministry of Health is not able to offer sponsorship for 457 visas. Applicants must hold a valid work visa at the time of application. The NSW Ministry of Health cannot offer employment to applicants unless they already hold a valid work visa. Your application must include evidence of your right to work in Australia, such as an Australian birth certificate, passport, or a copy of your visa or citizenship certificate. This applies to all applicants, including Australian citizens.
 

The roles are classified as Risk Category A. What does that mean?

Trainee Public Health Officer roles are classified as Risk Category A under the NSW Policy Directive for Occupational Assessment, Screening and Vaccination Against Specified Infectious Diseases (PD2018_009). Successful applicants are required to provide evidence of protection against the infectious diseases specified in the policy directive above and comply with the requirements of the policy directive at their own expense prior to appointment.
Page Updated: Tuesday 28 August 2018