Final Year Medical Students & Interns

Supporting you in getting the best start to your internship, so you can keep on striving.

As a doctor owned organisation, we recognise there is a lot to think about as you enter your internship.
We’re committed to being there for you in the moments that matter and supporting you in getting the best start to your career by providing COMPLIMENTARY Membership and Professional Indemnity cover, in addition to resources tailored to your career stage.


If you’re already a Member of MDA National, there’s no need to re-join. You already benefit from:

  • Complimentary indemnity until 30 June 2022 - covering you for medical board proceedings, coronial investigations and hospital enquiries (which aren’t covered by the state or your employer)
  • Access to our on call medico-legal advisers, there to help you with queries that may arise
  • Access the MDA National app – update your policy details on-the-go, watch webinars and read case studies, and connect directly with our medico-legal experts via LiveChat 
  • Education activities offering the industry’s best resources and advice including: surviving nightshift, approaching difficult conversations with a senior colleague and tips for surviving internship and beyond
  • Access member benefits including discounts on medical publications and textbooks

Download the MDA National app on Google Play or App Store, and register, using your Member email address. 



Not a Member?

If you are a Final Year Student join here to receive immediate complimentary cover until 30 June 2022.

Have a question or need assistance? Contact your local Business Development representative or our Member Services team on 1800 011 255 from 8:30am to 8pm AEST Monday to Friday.


Common questions for new interns

As an intern you will have access to cover through your employer or the State Government however, hospital indemnity may not provide the broad cover you need. Without your own indemnity cover, you could be liable to personally fund some medico-legal matters.

It is important you have access to independent legal advice or a second opinion to protect your best interests. Focus on your internship knowing that MDA National will support you in the moments that matter, so you can keep on striving as your career progresses. 

Our complimentary policy provides automatic ‘top-up’ cover outside of that provided by the State Government or public hospital. You are covered for:

•  fines and penalties for unintended breaches of the privacy act

•  legal costs for investigations (including Professional Services Review Committees, AHPRA, Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme, Medicare, Health Care Complaints Commissioner), inquiries, self-referrals to a health program, sexual misconduct and criminal conduct

•  pursuit and defence of defamation matters

•  communicable disease cover

•  legal costs for seeking an Apprehended Violence Order against another

•  legal costs for breaches of competition, consumer or fair-trading legislation

•  legal costs of employment and credentialing disputes

•  legal costs of medical college training disputes

•  loss of documents cover

•  loss of income cover for attending a hearing at court with respect to a civil liability claim against you


As a new doctor, you're still learning and as an intern, you're likely to experience a number of first-time experiences such as:

•  your first coroners request or death certificate 

•  providing your first police statement

•  bullying from a colleague, harassment from a patient or a dispute with your employer

•  a medical board complaint or investigation

These scenarios are just a few examples of the many situations where you may find yourself unsure how to proceed or where to go for help. MDA National’s priority is to support you in these moments. We’re here to guide you through your journey as a medical professional, 24/7. To find out more about when you should call MDA National, read our “Don’t sweat the small stuff” article here.

MDA National will be there for you in the moments that matter, so that you can keep on excelling as your career progresses.


Resources for interns

MDA National provides timely education to help our Members minimise their medico-legal risk and continually improve their communication and non-clinical skills.
Head over to the MDA National library to see our full suite of articles, blog posts, webinars and podcasts. We’ve put together a handful of our resources particularly relevant to interns below.
You will also find a series of PodCasts on Apple Music and Spotify.  Remember to subscribe to our medico-legal blog at the bottom of this page so you can stay up to date with short sharp blog posts relevant to the medical profession.