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 most of any state or territory in Australia.
Premier Dominic Perrottet said a record 1,073 interns would join the NSW Health team this year, an increase of 32 positions on the previous year.
“We owe a debt of gratitude to the class of 2022 interns, many of whom have previously worked either as medical assistants or student vaccinators as part of the COVID-19 workforce response,” said Mr. Perrottet.
“We have invested record sums in our healthcare system throughout the pandemic and these new interns will play an important role in strengthening the ranks of our healthcare workers as we continue to meet the challenges of COVID-19.
Health Minister Brad Hazzard welcomed the new interns and thanked them for being willing to join their dedicated colleagues during such a crucial time in the state’s history.
“Our selfless health heroes have worked tirelessly to keep the people of New South Wales safe and well-being throughout the enormous challenges of this hundred-year pandemic,” Mr Hazzard said.
“These new interns are starting their careers at a critical time in our fight against COVID-19 and will play a critical role in supporting existing healthcare staff during our response to COVID-19.”
Regional Health Minister Bronnie Taylor said of the 1,073 positions, 162 are under the rural preferential recruitment program, 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 health workforce increase, the New South Wales government has 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.