21 January 2014

Member for Granville, Tony Issa MP welcomed 70 medical graduates who are commencing their internships at Westmead Hospital this year.

Mr Issa said a record 959 interns will commence their medical internships in the state’s public hospitals this year

 “Medical internships are a thrilling opportunity for those undertaking them. Not only are these doctors-in-training seeing our dedicated hospital staff in action but they are learning to care for the community firsthand.

“The commitment to care demonstrated by those at Westmead Hospital is renowned and I’m pleased to see these interns learning from the best.”

“NSW employs more interns than any other state or territory in Australia with 959 intern training places available- an increase of 32 positions on last year. The NSW Government has committed more than $105 million this year to support intern training”, Mr Issa continued.

NSW guarantees intern positions to all domestic medical graduates of NSW universities. As well, NSW provides internships to many graduates from interstate universities and, where possible, international full-fee paying medical graduates.

NSW is the only state or territory to offer two-year employment contracts to medical graduates.

During their one-year internship, the graduates will complete compulsory terms in the specialties of medicine, surgery and emergency.

The interns will rotate through metropolitan, regional or rural hospitals, as well as GP practices and, for one network, a private hospital - the Sydney Adventist Hospital (SAN) at Wahroonga.

“This training is incredibly challenging but plays a pivotal role in ensuring patients across the state are provided with high-class, quality and specialised health care well into the future.

“I wish these interns all the best on the journey they are embarking on. I join the community in welcoming them to our wonderful region and wish them all the best in their training,” Mr Issa concluded.

Health Minister Jillian Skinner said the recruitment of interns is an exciting time for the NSW health system.

“The first day of an internship is a great milestone in the life of every young doctor.

“I commend each one of you for completing your university studies and wish you well at the start of this challenging new journey,” Mrs Skinner said.


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