The Assistant in Medicine role was developed in March/April 2020 as part of NSW Health COVID-19 medical surge workforce planning and was designed to supplement the existing junior medical workforce. The purpose of the position was to provide medical care and support, as part of the multi-disciplinary team.
The evaluation found that the Assistant in Medicine (AiM) role was effective and could be used in future pandemics. There was also support to continue the role post pandemic in specific situations. The evaluation also identified opportunities to further improve the functioning of the role.