The Medical Officer Support Unit is responsible for the preparation of rosters and leave allocation for JMOs at Canberra Hospital

We understand that internship can be a difficult transition for new doctors and every effort is made to ensure that JMOs – in particular interns are well supported in the hospital.

Rostering Information

The Medical Officer Support Unit is responsible for the preparation of the following rosters:

1. After Hours Ward Roster

2. Relief Roster

3. SAPU Roster and Orthopaedic Unit Roster

4. HITH After Hours Roster

The Unit also ensures that all JMOs are allocated after-hours shifts equitably. All ED shifts (day, evening and night) are 10 hours long each. After-hours evening ward shifts are 5 hours long and week-end shifts are 15 hours long. Ward night shifts are 10 hours long.

JMOs can expect to be rostered on for one week day ward shift every fortnight and one weekend ward shift every fortnight when allocated to a ward term. In addition JMOs will be rostered to sick relief once a fortnight.

After-hours medical support is provided to JMOs by Medical registrars, Surgical registrars, Anaesthetics registrars, Paediatrics registrars, Obstetrics and Gynaecology registrars, ICU registrars, ED registrars and the Medical Emergency Team – all of whom are on site.

For the first 5 weeks of internship, interns are not allocated to ward night shifts. This enables all interns to familiarise themselves with the hospital prior to starting night shifts.

On the rare occasions that JMOs are experiencing difficulties on the wards – especially with excessive work-loads –they can discuss getting extra help on the wards with the Director of Prevocational Education and Training and the JMO Manager.

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Contact ACT Health's Medical Officer Support Unit by emailing: or +61 2 6244 2779.