I was pleased to welcome medical graduates commencing their one-year internship at Sutherland Hospital at the beginning of their journey as doctors. NSW is the only state to offer two-year employment contracts to medical graduates commencing their internship with a record 983 medical intern places. Over these two years, the junior doctor rotates through a network which includes metropolitan, rural and regional hospitals. This exposes them to a range of clinical scenarios at the outset of their training and supports them to complete their compulsory internship rotations in medicine, surgery and emergency.Having gained general registration, the interns continue their second year of networked training as residents.
I would also like to welcome 232 new nurses and midwives who have commenced work in the South Eastern Local Health District this year. It can be tough starting a new job in a new town, so I encourage the community to make our new nurses and midwives welcome. I wish all of the new interns, nurses and midwives beginning work this year all the very best. They are learning from the best and are in very capable hands.
The NSW Liberals & Nationals Government has made a record investment in the recruitment of nurses and midwives with more than 5,300 nurses and midwives joining the health system since coming to office, taking the state’s nursing and midwifery workforce to more than 49,000.