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Medical Observer Program

 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, Ophthalmology and our specialised Emergency Department. A sample timetable can be viewed on our website.

Non-GP Observers are granted observation rights to the hospital for a maximum of four weeks. Longer periods may be accommodated if they are sponsored by an external organisation which has a relationship with the hospital).

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 or 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 March and November.


For any enquiries regarding medical elective placements, please email

Additional information

Visa requirements

Obtaining the appropriate visa and health clearance is the responsibility of the Observer.

Observers will need to apply for the appropriate subclass under the Business Visitor stream. For example:

Different visa types apply for different countries. Please discuss any visa-related issues with the Australian Embassy or Consulate in your country. Visit the Australian Department of Immigration and Citizenship website for details of visa requirements.

Please note that the hospital is unable to provide advice, sponsor Observers for a visa, or assist with visa applications.

Health check

All overseas doctors will require a health check as part of the special significance requirements of the visa application process as they will be entering an Australian healthcare institution. This is a mandatory government requirement for all visa applicants intending to visit a hospital.


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

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