The Doctors are now assigned to work for a term in the Emergency Department, Medical and Surgical, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Paediatric and Orthopaedic Wards and Operating Theatres, where they will gain experience in all of these areas.
Dr Pieter Pike, Director of Medical Services for Tweed, Byron and Mullumbimby said, this year there are sixteen Interns, eleven of whom were successful in applying to undertake the Prevocational Rural Preferential Training Program in Tweed. This is an increase from six in 2012.
“It is hoped that these Doctors will enjoy their experience working in a rural setting and decide to stay, or consider returning to the area in the future,” Dr Pike said.
Dr Deky Souvannavong, Director of Medical Services for Murwillumbah Hospital and Deputy Director Tweed Byron Health Service Group said the Program has been very successful saying that five out of six from last year’s Rural Preferential Doctors have stayed on to work at the Tweed Hospital.
The Rural Preferential Program provides Doctors with a real opportunity to experience all the North Coast has to offer. It is a beautiful area to live in and has a growing population, so there are a lot of work prospects for these Doctors.