Ten intern doctors shined up their collective stethoscopes and donned new scrubs for their first day as new recruits at Manning Base Hospital earlier today, Tuesday, February 23.
The doctors were welcomed by Member for Myall Lakes, Stephen Bromhead who said the new starters were among more than 1000 intern doctors starting across NSW this year, the largest intake of any state or territory in Australia.
"The new doctors who have started their internships will be entering a training program with networked hospitals throughout the State," Mr Bromhead said.
"They will rotate between metropolitan, regional and rural hospitals over two years to ensure their experience is not only rewarding but also diverse."
This year, NSW offered a record number of 1041 intern doctor positions, which is an increase of 35 per cent since 2011.
Taree's interns are a part of 150 interns which belong to the Rural Preferential Recruitment scheme, meaning they will undertake 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.
The new doctors who have started their internships will be entering a training program with networked hospitals throughout the State.Stephen Bromhead
"This is a fantastic opportunity for interns to experience the challenges and rewards of working and living in our rural communities."
Intern Devin Deo said he was inspired to study medicine after witnessing the skill and compassion of his doctor during treatment and recovery from a knee injury.
"I wanted to train and provide the highest level of care possible in a humane and empathetic way," Dr Deo said.
Fellow intern and Toronto, Canada native, Billy Tran said he came to Australia to pursue a career in medicine after realising the importance of quality health care in the community.
"My drive to become a doctor was seeing the aging process that my parents went through and the health ramifications that ultimately came with it," Dr Tran said.
Interns are medical graduates who have completed their medical degree and are required to complete a supervised year of practice to become independent practitioners.
The NSW Government is investing $2.8 billion in a record workforce boost of 8300 frontline hospital staff, including 5000 nurses and midwives, with 45 per cent of those for regional and rural areas.
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