Nepean Hospital will benefit from the continued investment in local health services by the O’Farrell Government with the announcement that 50 medical graduates will commence their internships at this Western Sydney hospital in 2014.
Bart Bassett MP, Member for Londonderry, said a record 959 interns will commence their medical internships in the State’s public hospitals this year underlining the commitment of the O’Farrell Government to improving local health services.
“The NSW Government has committed more than $105 million this year to support intern training with this year’s intake seeing an increase of 32 intern positions on last year,” Mr Bassett said.
“Medical internships are a thrilling opportunity for those undertaking them. Not only are these doctors-in-training seeing our dedicated hospital staff in action but they are learning to care for the community first hand.
“The commitment to care demonstrated by the staff at Nepean Hospital is renowned and I’m pleased to see these interns will be learning from the best,” Mr Bassett added.
Tanya Davies MP, Member for Mulgoa, said NSW employs more interns than any other state or territory in Australia and guarantees intern positions to all domestic medical graduates of NSW universities.
“NSW is the only state or territory to offer two-year employment contracts to medical graduates and this helps in attracting graduates from interstate universities and, where possible, as well as international full-fee paying medical graduates,” Mrs Davies said.
“During their one-year internship, the graduates will complete compulsory terms in the specialties of medicine, surgery and emergency with interns being rotated through metropolitan, regional and rural hospitals which offers a diverse range of experiences.
“In addition interns will also gain experience with General Practitioners and, for one network, a private hospital – the Sydney Adventist Hospital (SAN) in Wahroonga,” Ms Davies added.
Stuart Ayres MP, Member for Penrith, said in welcoming the new interns to Nepean Hospital that the local community would be the winners.
“Western Sydney is one of the fastest growing regions in Australia and Nepean Hospital will provide an excellent training ground for the new interns.
“The training is incredibly challenging but plays a pivotal role in ensuring patients across the State are provided with high-class, quality and specialised health care well into the future.
“Each of these interns is to be commended on completing their university studies and in taking up the challenge of this new journey,” Stuart Ayres said.
“This announcement highlights the O’Farrell Government is getting on with job of making NSW number one again after decades of Labor neglect,” Stuart Ayres added.