Brisbane 2018

Job Application & Interview Preparation Workshop | Easing Medical Career Transitions


What to put on your CV, how to approach referees, how to fill in the application


Doing your research, preparing for the interview, practising questions


Making a good first impression, behavioural questions, talking about your experiences


Showcasing your personal brand, communicating effectively and leaving a good impression

Learn from top interview panel experts and successful trainees

Our faculty includes a unique blend of the trainee perspective as well as the expert senior medical practitioner. 

Some of our key speakers

We have gathered top experts in medical training and recruitment to give you the key information that you need to know.

Dr Shahina Braganza

Shahina Braganza is a senior staff specialist in Emergency Medicine at Gold Coast Hospital and Health Service. She has previously been Director of Clinical Training providing professional and pastoral input and guidance into the development of Junior Doctors. She has a keen interest in non-technical skills (including communication and leadership) in the clinical practice of medicine – how this influences team dynamics, and ultimately benefits patient care. She is actively involved in the Australasian College of Emergency Medicine, serving on various working groups, and as an Examiner. She has previously sat on the Trainee Selection Committee. She is also passionate about healthcare worker wellness and is the founder of the oneED program at Gold Coast Health. Read her commentary on

Dr Shahina Braganza for AdvanceMed
Anthony Llewellyn | Career Doctor

Dr Anthony Llewellyn

Anthony is an expert in Medical HR. He has reviewed numerous CVs, chaired and conducted over a thousand job interviews and provided advice to a number of employers and Colleges about selection processes. His background is as a Consultant Psychiatrist and Medical Manager with 20 years’ experience as a medical practitioner in public health services in a range of roles.

From 2012 to 2016, Anthony was the Medical Director of the Health Education & Training Institute (HETI) which involved overseeing a number of network training programs. He is also a Senior Lecturer at the University of Newcastle’s School of Medicine & Public Health and Year 5 Psychiatry Coordinator. He is currently completing a PhD in Medical Education, exploring personal learning environments in the intern training space.

Dr Michael Bonning

Michael Bonning is a GP with a public health background and senior director of medical affairs at DermaSensor, an American technology company. He currently sits on multiple boards and provides advisory services to government and NFPs. He is also head of adventure medicine for Inspired Adventures. He is a former senior medical officer in the Royal Australian Navy where he deployed to the Middle East, Asia, India, the South Pacific, and off northern Australia. He has been heavily involved in health advocacy with the Australian Medical Association, Health Workforce Australia and beyondblue. His is a past president of AMSA and former Chair of the AMA Council of Doctors in Training.
Dr Michael Bonning for AdvanceMed
Dr Katherine Wyld for AdvanceMed

Dr Katherine Wyld

Dr Katherine Wyld is a medical registrar at the Princess Alexandra Hospital in Brisbane, and is currently sitting her RACP Physician Exams. She holds a keen interest in medical education, and helped organise the intern readiness programs for medical students at the University of Queensland Rural Clinical Schools.

She completed her internship and residency at Toowoomba Hospital, and was president of the Toowoomba RMO Society in 2016

In addition she has spoken to universities regarding career planning to foster a broader perspective on health and the healthcare system amongst aspiring doctors. May was HETI’s 2014 JMO of the year and finalist for NSW Young Woman of the Year in 2016.

Session 1 - Preparing

Dr Anthony Llewellyn

Dr Anthony Llewellyn

An overview of the issues in relation to specialty training posts and numbers of applicants.

Dr Matthew Links

What to put on your CV, what order, the value of a career goal statement.

Dr Shahina Braganza

Who makes a good referee. The value of diversity in your referees. How to approach a referee and how to remind them of your plans.

Dr Sarah Nguyen

Hear from a recent succesful trainee about the approach that she took to the job application and interview process.

Drs Links, Braganza, Nguyen

Session 2 - Practising

Dr Fahid Hashem

Keep things short, use examples to back up your contentions, remember that the interview questions should be base on these

Dr Rumal Jayalath

After or even before you lodge your application there are lots of things you can do to prepare for the interview, including familiarising yourself with College and training programs requirements, as well as finding out about the panel.

Dr Katherine Wyld

Why you should prepare for the interview. It is a form of test after all. How can you prepare. The importance of feedback.

Drs Hashem, Jayalath, Wyld

Session 3 - The Interview

Mrs Kate Jurd with Dr Neel Gobin

First impressions are important. So how can you hit that "sweet spot" without coming across as overly nervous or overly confident.

Dr Anthony Llewellyn

What's a "behavioural question"? Why are they used and perhaps better? Case examples. How you can turn other questions to your advantage by treating them as behavioural questions.

Dr Anthony Llewellyn

Hopefully, the panel has read your CV. But let's face it they may not have. How can you highlight all the best bits during the interview and leave them knowing you are a good communicator and team player.

Mrs Kate Jurd, Drs Llewellyn & Gobin

Dr Lindsay Chan

Pre Meets are an area of controversy. But many deem them an essential component of the process, particularly if you are not fortunate to have worked and be known at the hospital or training site you attend. This session will take you through the do's and don'ts of both personal pre-meets as well as group recruitment information nights (which some networks are now favouring over individual pre-meets).

Session 4 - The Interview Part 2

Dr Michael Bonning

What to do if the unfortunate happens and someone asks you an inappropriate question.

Drs Llewellyn, Bonning, Gobin

We attempt to give model answers to your interview questions / scenarios.

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