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Medical Observer Program

NOTE: Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, there will be no observer placements available for the remainder of 2020.  Consideration will be given to local medical professionals in 2021. International medical professionals will be considered for the second half of 2021.

The Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital has two programs for doctors with an MBBS (or equivalent):

  • Non-GP Observer places for eminent medical professionals invited to attend the hospital by a current hospital Head of Clinic.
  • GPs with Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency general registration are able to apply for a clinical attachment. Please refer to GP placement opportunities.

Non-GP Observer Program

As a specialist hospital, we offer observer placements in ENT and Ophthalmology. Please view a sample timetable here.

Non-GP Observers are granted observation rights to the hospital for a maximum of eight weeks. Periods greater than 8 weeks may be considered when the Observer is sponsored by an affiliated organisation,  but  this is  by negotiation and dates are subject to change depending on the Hospital’s operational requirements.

Can Non-GP Observers perform clinical work?

No. Non-GP Observers have supervised observation rights only.

Non-GP Observers must not participate in the treatment of patients or participate in direct patient management, as they are not registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency. The observation approval may provide access to observe theatre but not scrub, and attendance is only possible when the nominated supervisor or their delegate is supervising.

Any Non-GP Observer performing clinical activities will have their approval immediately revoked.

Nomination Process

Non-GP Observer placements are offered via invitation only from a Head of Clinic employed by the hospital. The hospital will email the relevant documents to nominees to complete and return. Nominees should return their signed forms three months in advance of their proposed Observer period.

We will only attempt to place Observers on the dates listed on their nomination form. Please list all possible dates in order of preference.

Observers cannot commence until approved by the hospital. Nominations received outside of this process will not be considered.

Relevant dates

Observer placements are available between mid February and mid December.


For any enquiries regarding clinical observer placements, please email

Additional information

Visa requirements

It is the responsibility of the applicant to obtain the appropriate Visa and health clearance. The RVEEH cannot provide information to international doctors regarding the type of Visa required. You will not be registered to work in Australia and we do not sponsor any Visa applications. You will be a visitor to this hospital and observing and shadowing Clinicians. For information regarding Visas, please refer to the Australian Government Department of Home Affairs Immigration and Citizenship website  Observers are required to ensure that they have the correct Visa.


Government fees and charges may apply and remain the sole responsibility of the Observer.

Information about Melbourne

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