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 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
  • Haematology
  • Neurology
  • Oncology
  • Palliative Care
  • Pathology

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, private health provider. 1600 specialist doctors practise here in a wide range of specialty areas, including paediatrics, cardiology, rehabilitation, psycho-oncology, endocrinology, anaesthetics, gastroenterology, gynaecology, nephrology, orthopaedics, plastic surgery, rheumatology, urology and more.

We provide a comprehensive range of high-quality acute, subacute, palliative care, primary care, residential aged-care, diagnostic and community-based health services across south-east Melbourne. Our locations include our two acute hospitals in Malvern and Brighton, Palliative and Supportive Care inpatient unit in Prahran, Australia’s first private, women’s-only mental health hospital in Elsternwick and our Residential Aged Care facility in Ashwood. 

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