Member for Hawkesbury Dominic Perrottet today welcomed four medical graduates for 2018 as part of a record intake of intern doctors funded by the NSW Government.
Across the State, 999 interns, up from 992 in 2017, will commence their new positions, representing the NSW Government’s commitment to introducing new doctors into the health system, with the state leading the country in terms of funding and conditions.
Mr Perrottet 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 four interns to Hawkesbury 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 for NSW universities. NSW also provides internships to many graduates from interstate universities and, where possible, international full-fee paying medical graduates.
“NSW is the only state to offer two-year employment contracts to graduates commencing their internship which includes a rotation through a network of metropolitan, regional and rural hospitals,” Mr Perrottet said.
In addition, under the NSW Rural Preferential Recruitment pathway, 132 medical graduates will spend the majority of their first two years working in a rural setting.
This year is particularly significant for the program with 20 Aboriginal doctors commencing their internship.
“I would like to wish our interns every success as they progress their careers,” said Mr Perrottet.