08 February 2017

The NSW Government is ensuring that every citizen across NSW has the best access to healthcare through a $107 million hospital internship program preparing the health workforce of the future, Minister for Health Brad Hazzard said today.

“Today’s new medical interns will be working enthusiastically and ensuring our community gets the health services it needs,” Mr Hazzard said.

“The NSW Liberals and Nationals Government has rebuilt NSW’s economy and we’re able to use that strong economic performance to support the world-class health system that we have here in NSW.”

Mr Hazzard welcomed some of the 992 medical graduates undertaking internships in NSW Health this year during his visit to the North Coast today.

Under the NSW Rural Preferential Recruitment pathway, 131 medical graduates will spend the majority of their first two years working in a rural setting. The 2017 intern intake includes 12 Aboriginal medical graduates.

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.

Interns complete compulsory terms in the specialties of medicine, surgery and emergency through a network of metropolitan, regional or rural hospitals, as well as GP practices.

Interns at regional and rural hospitals

Albury (5), Armidale (3), Bathurst (5), Belmont (12), Broken Hill (2), Bulli (4), Calvary Mater (22), Coffs Harbour (19), Dubbo (12), Griffith (2), Gosford (36), Hunter New England Mental Health (5), John Hunter and the Royal Newcastle Centre (55), Lismore (14), Maitland (6), Manning (6), Orange (16), Port Kembla (1), Port Macquarie (16), Shellharbour (3), Shoalhaven (8), Tamworth (16), Tweed Heads (18), Wagga Wagga (22), Wollongong (49) and Wyong (29). Bega (2) and Goulburn (4) are filled via the ACT intern training network.

Interns at Sydney hospitals

Auburn (10 positions), Balmain (3), Bankstown-Lidcombe (27), Calvary Health Care Sydney (2), Camden & Campbelltown (19), Blacktown-Mount Druitt (47), Blue Mountains (2), Concord (33), Canterbury (10), Hawkesbury (3), Liverpool (41), Fairfield (10), Hornsby (17), Manly (8), Mona Vale (10), Nepean (54), Prince of Wales (37), Royal North Shore (44), Royal Prince Alfred (46), Ryde (11), St George (43), St Vincent’s (29), Sutherland (24) and Westmead (70).