• Tony Bosworth

Hawkesbury welcomes four new intern doctors



Four new trainee doctors have just joined Hawkesbury Local District Health as part of this year’s intake of new medical personnel.


The District’s new starters are among more than 1000 intern doctors taking their first steps into local health areas across NSW this year, the largest intake of any state or territory in Australia.


The new interns will rotate between metropolitan, regional and rural hospitals over a two-year period as part of their training.


This last 12 months, NSW saw a record number of 1041 new intern doctor positions filled, an increase of 35 per cent since 2011.


Of these, 150 interns belong to the Rural Preferential Recruitment scheme, where interns do the majority of their training in rural hospitals. The intake into this rural scheme has doubled since 2012, and aims to encourage interns to work in rural hospitals once they finish their training.


Interns are medical graduates who have completed their medical degree and are required to complete a supervised year of practice before becoming independent practitioners.


The NSW government is investing $2.8 billion in a workforce boost which will see 8300 frontline hospital staff, including 5000 nurses and midwives, with 45 per cent of those for regional and rural areas.


Pic: Gustavo Fring



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