Member for Kiama Gareth Ward MP has today welcomed the appointment of 69 new medical interns to the Illawarra-Shoalhaven Local Health District.
Mr Ward said that these new interns will boost the local health workforce at a pivotal time in the ongoing COVID-19 response.
“Our local community owes a huge debt of gratitude to our local health teams who have worked around the clock to keep us safe, especially over the past two years,” he said.
“I am incredibly pleased that these new interns have the opportunity to learn from the world-class doctors at our local hospitals across the Illawarra-Shoalhaven Local Health District and play a significant role in navigating the challenges of the COVID pandemic.
“The new doctors who commenced orientation this week will be entering a training program with networked hospitals throughout the State, providing formal and on the job training.
“Interns are medical graduates who have completed their medical degree and are required to complete a supervised year of practice in order to become independent practitioners,” Mr Ward said.
“They receive two-year contracts to rotate between metropolitan, regional and rural hospitals to ensure the diversity of their experience.
“They also join different units in each hospital, including surgery and emergency medicine,” Mr Ward concluded.
More information on the recruitment of Junior Medical Officers can be found here: https://www.health.nsw.gov.au/jmo/Pages/default.aspx