Hospital Medical Officers

Complete anaesthesia rotations as an HMO2 or HMO3 as a foundational step in a career in anaesthesia and critical care.

This page will be updated with the next round of selection dates as applicable.


See St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne job description for HMO2 positions

Anaesthesia rotations are integrated into various HMO 2 positions.


See St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne job description for Critical Care HMO3 positions

These positions are aimed at HMOs who are considering Anaesthesia as a career. The positions involve 6 months anaesthesia and 6 months in other critical care rotations in intensive care and/or emergency medicine. Trainees provide anaesthesia under supervision for our patients and work 38 hours per week for elective surgery. There are requirements to do 1 weekend day every 2 weeks.

The Department of Anaesthesia and Acute Pain Medicine has over 90 medical staff including full time and visiting consultant anaesthetists, anaesthetic trainees and HMO’s. In addition we have 2 pain nurses, 8 research staff, biomedical technicians, and secretarial staff.

We perform about 12,000 anaesthetics per year covering all the surgical specialties except for paediatrics and obstetrics. We have a registrar rotation to the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital where experience in these areas can be obtained. HMO rotations include the Werribee Mercy Hospital and Epworth Richmond.

There are over 450 open heart surgery cases, more than 900 neurosurgical cases, 400 thoracic cases and many other major surgical procedures, including major orthopaedics, carried out each year. We have a strong commitment to regional anaesthesia and analgesia with over 25% of our cases being carried out under this form of anaesthesia. Most major regional blocks techniques are performed. We are leaders in the use of ultrasound for regional anaesthesia and intraoperative echocardiography.

There is an excellent teaching programme with a weekly tutorial program and a weekly continuing education meeting. This programme has resulted in a 95% pass rate by our trainees at the final FANZCA exam at their first attempt.

We have an anaesthetic simulator on site which our staff and trainees use to improve their management of anaesthetic emergencies. There has always been a strong incentive for clinical research resulting in multiple publications per year and engagement in multi-centre trials.

Selection Process

All appointments are made subject to the candidate providing a current AHPRA Medical Registration and a satisfactory National Police Certificate conducted by The Victoria Police.

Candidates will be ranked on the basis of their written application, referee reports, personal interview and academic history.


Personal interviews will be conducted with shortlisted candidates.

Basic Requirements

  • Medical Degree
  • 2 years of postgraduate medicine