2008 saw the start of Cabrini Health’s involvement in the Commonwealth pilot program for postgraduate medical training in the private sector (STP), which provides funding to hospitals to enable them to train registrars. Cabrini was one of the first private hospitals to have trainees as part of this program.

Cabrini currently has specialist trainees in the key specialties listed below.

Key specialties
  • General Medicine
  • Geriatrics
  • ICU
  • Emergency
  • Neurology
  • Pathology
  • Haematology
  • Oncology
  • Upper Gastrointestinal Surgery
  • Colorectal Surgery
  • Palliative Care
Why do your postgraduate training at Cabrini?

Trainees have the opportunity to work closely with consultants in small teams and to see a range of patient conditions that differ from those treated in public hospitals. A large proportion of our positions are shared with a public hospital, for example, the Alfred. Trainees usually spend six months at Cabrini for the private hospital experience and then rotate to the partner hospital to experience public hospital systems. Trainees are employed by the public hospital year-round to ensure continued entitlement to benefits.


Cabrini is a large, 832-bed, seven-site private hospital. 1500 specialist doctors practise here in the key specialities listed above, paediatrics, cardiology, rehabilitation, psycho-oncology, endocrinology, anaesthetics, gastroenterology, gynaecology, nephrology, orthopaedics, plastic surgery, rheumatology, urology and more.

The sites are mainly scattered around Melbourne’s south-eastern suburbs and encompass two acute hospitals, two rehabilitation streams, palliative care and aged care services and Cabrini’s respected linen service.

Student testimonial (excerpts from exit surveys)
  • Unlimited volume of workplace learning experiences. Close consultant support made it a comfortable and safe environment to learn in
  • Good balance (between service and training). In fact, there has been a better training to service ratio than within previous training centres, mainly because of the highly motivated consultant staff.
  • Less independent operating but greater exposure to major colorectal surgical cases
  • The resources were available to provide a more holistic approach to patient care and to allow for more detailed discharge and planning
  • Experience with the private sector is invaluable and would not otherwise be accessible