Two hospitals in Northern NSW welcomed new cohorts of first-year doctors this month, as part of the Rural Preferential Pathway program.
Member for Lismore, Thomas George MP, and Member for Tweed, Geoff Provest MP, welcomed the new interns to each of their electorates in separate events last week. The doctors will stay in the region for two years as they lay the foundations for their medical careers.
Lismore Base Hospital has 12 new faces joining the local workforce, while The Tweed Hospital has 18 new graduates.
The doctors are part of a record intake of interns funded by the NSW Government. Across the State, 999 interns, up from 992 in 2017, will commence their new positions this year.
Mr Provest said that over $107 million had been invested into the state-wide internship program to boost the number of doctors in cities and regional areas.
“Today we welcome 18 graduates to The Tweed Hospital and we are pleased to be playing our part in leading the country when it comes to training junior doctors,” he said
NSW guarantees intern positions to all domestic medical graduates of NSW universities.
“I would like to wish our interns every success as they progress their careers,” Mr Provest said.
Member for Lismore, Thomas George, said the training opportunities, scenery and lifestyle in regional areas made regional placements attractive to junior doctors.
“Interns in regional hospitals are fortunate to receive valuable one-on-one training opportunities, and to work closely with their more senior colleagues,” Mr George said.
Image: Member for Tweed, Geoff Provest welcomes new interns to The Tweed Hospital.
Top image: new interns at Lismore Base Hospital, welcomed by Chief Executive Northern NSW Local Health District, Wayne Jones, and Member for Lismore, Thomas George.