Brad Hazzard visited
Blacktown Hospital to welcome the recruits, who are
part of a record 1027 interns that will start
work in NSW public hospitals this year.
“I want to
congratulate Dr Pittman and her colleagues and wish them every success as they
start their medical careers at this state of the art facility,” Mr Hazzard
Mount Druitt hospitals have had a $700 million expansion and as a result, these
JMOs will benefit from world class mentors in world class surroundings.
“Dr Pittman had
many wins as an athlete but swapping her running spikes for a stethoscope is a
win for patients, and I thank her and the entire JMO class of 2020.”
The NSW Government is investing
$107 million in the internship program this year.
intern positions in NSW have increased by 257 or 33 per cent. Interns rotate
through metropolitan, regional or rural hospitals, as well as General Practices.
intern positions to all domestic medical graduates of NSW universities, and provides internships to many graduates
from interstate universities.
Mount Druitt hospitals’ medical services director Brett Gardiner said Western
Sydney Local Health District hospitals will welcome 130 interns this year.
will have the opportunity to undertake roles in emergency, surgery and general
medicine in a new hospital where the well-being of new recruits is a priority.”
Jana Pittman is
a dual Olympian, two-time world champion and four-time Commonwealth Games gold medallist.
She has spent the past seven years juggling three children, work and study and
is ready to hit the hospital ground running.
“I loved my
athletics career, representing Australia was gold, but I hope my future in
medicine will be even better,” Ms Pittman said.