Regions to benefit from record intern recruitment

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More than 1,000 medical graduate trainees joined the ranks of the NSW health system this week – a record number of new entrants and the highest number of any state or territory in Australia.

1,073 interns are joining the NSW Health team this year, an increase of 32 positions over the previous year.

Many have previously worked in the health system, either as medical assistants or as student vaccinators as part of the COVID-19 workforce response.

NSW nationals in state government have invested record sums in our healthcare system throughout the pandemic and these new trainees will play an important role in bolstering the ranks of our healthcare workers as we continue face the challenges of COVID-19.

National Regional Health Minister Bronnie Taylor said of the 1,073 positions, 162 are under the Rural Preferential Recruitment Scheme, an increase of 12 positions from the previous year.

“The innovative Rural Preferential Recruitment Scheme allows trainees to undertake the majority of their training in our rural hospitals, encouraging Junior Medical Officers (JMOs) to continue working in rural and regional areas of NSW once their training is complete, said Ms. Taylor.

“I am very pleased that the Class of 2022 trainees also includes 24 JMOs recruited through the Indigenous Medical Workforce pathway. »

Interns are medical graduates who have obtained their medical degree and must complete a year of supervised practice in order to become independent practitioners.

New doctors who began orientation this week will enter a training program with network hospitals across the state providing on-the-job training.

They are given two-year contracts to rotate between metropolitan, regional and rural hospitals to ensure diversity in their experience. They also join different units in each hospital, including surgery and emergency medicine.

In the state’s largest-ever healthcare workforce boost, New South Wales nationals in state government have invested a record $2.8 billion to recruit 1,060 doctors, 5,000 nurses, 880 paramedics and 1,360 hospital support staff over a four-year period.

More information on JMO recruitment can be found here: www.heti.nsw.gov.au/education-and-training/courses-and-programs/medical-graduate-recruitment

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