Julia Walker and Melissa Herbert grew up in the Tweed area and are now returning to launch the next phase of their medical careers after studying away from home – Julia in Wollongong and Melissa in Brisbane.
Julia was born in Murwillumbah District Hospital and is a former student and drama teacher at Lindisfarne Anglican Grammar School. She says she’s excited to be back at The Tweed Hospital for her “dream job” and to start a long and rewarding career in medicine.
Former Lismore resident Luke Worner is also among the junior clinicians kicking off their medical careers in Tweed.
The 2020 cohort of 18 interns includes new faces from Tasmania, Victoria and Queensland, as well a strong international flavour with doctors coming all the way from Canada, Germany, Indonesia and France. One intern from Liverpool Hospital also rotates to The Tweed Hospital each term.
Over the next two years, the interns will have a chance to develop their skills in a wide range of medical specialties, including surgery, emergency medicine, paediatrics, obstetrics, psychiatry and orthopaedics.
Dr Tim Williams, Northern NSW LHD Executive Director of Medical Services, said the junior doctors will learn their trade alongside expert consultants with years of experience in the medical profession.
“We have a really dedicated team of specialist staff, nursing and allied health professionals at The Tweed Hospital, who will be guiding these doctors through their first years,” Dr Williams said.
“These junior doctors bring skills and experiences which add to the diversity and culture of our health service, and they are potentially our local specialist staff of the future.”
Together with those based at Lismore Base Hospital, the Northern NSW Local Health District is welcoming 32 interns across the region.
The NSW Government is investing $107 million in the internship program this year.
Since 2011, intern positions in NSW have increased by 257 or 33 per cent. Interns rotate through metropolitan, regional or rural hospitals, as well as General Practices.
NSW guarantees intern positions to all domestic medical graduates of NSW universities, and provides internships to many graduates from interstate universities.