Over the past week the Interns have been kept busy with a full orientation program to the hospital before commencing work in different areas of the hospital.
“The first two years of postgraduate training of Doctors is vital for developing a highly skilled workforce and we are hopeful that some of the Doctors who come to the North Coast will return to work here in the future,” said Dr Ian Fielding, Executive Medical Director for Northern NSW Local Health District.
The Doctors, four of whom grew up in the area (Ballina, Ewingsdale, Lismore and Bangalow), have chosen to come to Lismore and will work in different areas of the hospital. In addition to the local Doctors, there are three international Interns (Hong Kong, Malaysia and Canada), who recently completed medical school in Australia and have also commenced.
During the next two years, the Doctors will be assigned to work for a term in the Emergency Department, Medical and Surgical, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Paediatric and Orthopaedic Wards, Operating Theatre and Psychiatry, where they will gain experience in all of these areas.
“It is hoped that these Doctors will enjoy their experience working in a rural setting and decide to stay, or take with them a lasting impression of the area and consider returning to work here in the future,” said Dr Katherine Willis-Sullivan, Director of Medical Services for the Richmond Network.
Dr Steve Diamond, Director of the Prevocational Training Program said, “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.”