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Undergraduate training

Since 2006, the Cabrini-Monash Clinical School has been responsible for delivering the Monash University MBBS curriculum to third year students.

The program has continued to develop providing supervised and assessed clinical placements for Monash year 3 and 5 students enrolled in the Monash Bachelor of Medical Science and Doctor of Medicine (MD) course.

Clinical placements

Why do your undergraduate training at Cabrini?

The Cabrini program has a strong emphasis on professional behaviour and role modelling for medical practice. Cabrini has a small cohort of students who get access to many patients and more than 120 consultant specialists who offer weekly tutorials, single lectures or time in their rooms, theatre or clinics. Cabrini has a patient population with diverse spectrum of illness. All staff at Cabrini value students for their contribution to our community.

Final years receive a lot of one-on-one time with their direct supervisors and are actively involved in ward rounds and academic meetings. Students have the option of doing a Bachelor of Medical Science at Cabrini.


  • Comprehensive and unique health service
  • Low student numbers
  • Involvement in two hospital sites: Malvern (high acuity care), Brighton (medium acuity care)
  • Availability of junior medical staff (registrars and fellows) for teaching


"Thank you to all the staff who made this year what it was. The general consensus amongst all of us 3B students is that we will miss Cabrini dearly, and how much it has benefited us all."
– Undergraduate student


Postgraduate training

In 2008, Cabrini Health became involved 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 offering the opportunity to work closely with experienced consultants in small teams and to see a range of patient conditions in a private setting.

We currently have registrar trainees in the following specialty areas:


  • Emergency
  • General medicine
  • Geriatrics
  • Haematology
  • ICU
  • Neurology
  • Oncology
  • Palliative care
  • Pathology

"The resources were available to provide a more holistic approach to patient care and to allow for more detailed discharge and planning. Close consultant support made it a comfortable and safe environment to learn in." – Postgraduate student

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, private health provider with more than 800 beds across five campuses, and more than 82,000 episodes of inpatient care each year. There are 1600 specialist doctors who 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, diagnostic and community-based health services across south east Melbourne. Our locations include our two acute hospitals in Malvern and Brighton and Australia’s first private, women’s-only mental health hospital in Elsternwick.