Western Australia Minister for Health Kim Hames
Record Number Of New Doctors Set To Work In WA Hospitals
Victor P Taffa
A record 265 Medical Graduates will start internships in Western Australia’s Public Hospitals next year, Health Minister Kim Hames said today.
Dr. Hames said the record figure represented a 30 % increase in internships since 2008 and was part of the State Government election promise to offer internships to all Australian permanent residents graduating from WA medical schools.
“Putting more doctors into our State’s hospitals was a key promise of the Liberal-National Government.” the Minister said.
“We guaranteed every Western Australian Medical School Graduate who is an Australian citizen or permanent resident an internship in WA’s World-Class Hospitals and the proof is here today.”
“Every new doctor is a valuable asset to the State’s health system and it is great to see so many young professionals committed to providing quality health care.”
The Minister said 75 interns would be based at Fremantle Hospital. Both Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital and Royal Perth Hospital would have 95 interns each. The new doctors would start work in the second week of January next year.
Dr. Hames said the bulk of interns would also Undertake Rotations at Outer-Metropolitan General Hospitals and at Country Hospitals in Geraldton, Port Hedland, Broome, Albany, Bunbury and Kalgoorlie-Boulder.
“Next year’s internship program will feature more rotations in Outer-Metropolitan and Rural Areas to encourage interns to consider practicing in hospitals outside of the city.” the Minister said.
“It is encouraging to see that half the interns have already expressed an interest in spending time working in rural areas.”
“This points to the success of our efforts to promote an interest in Rural and Outer-Metropolitan Practice among our Medical Graduates, which is important because WA has many communities separated by vast distances.” Dr. Hames said.
“Ensuring we have skilled doctors working in a range of locations is crucial to providing health care to people in Regional and Remote Areas.”