Written on the 19 January 2016 by Kevin Conolly

Member for Riverstone Kevin Conolly MP accompanied Minister for Health Jillian Skinner MP on a visit to Blacktown hospital yesterday. They met 42 medical graduates on their first day of orientation starting their one-year internship at Blacktown and Mt Druitt Hospitals.

"I congratulate our medical graduates and share their excitement as they mark the official transition from student to young doctor," Health Minister Jillian Skinner said.

A record cohort of medical graduates commenced their year-long internship in NSW hospitals yesterday as the NSW Government funds 983 intern places in 2016 at a cost of $107 million - this is more intern positions than any other state or territory.

"It's a privilege to be at Blacktown Hospital today to meet you at the beginning of your journey as doctors," Kevin Conolly said.

"The first day of an internship is a key milestone in the life of every young doctor and I can only imagine how excited you must be' Kevin Conolly said.

"We are fortunate you are starting your internship at Blacktown Hospital. I wish you well during your time here and hope you can enjoy the many riches our local community has to offer" said Kevin Conolly.

NSW is the only state to offer two-year employment contracts to medical graduates commencing their internship. 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. NSW's unique Rural Preferential Recruitment Scheme will enable 115 medical graduates to spend the majority of their first two years working in a rural setting. 

Nineteen Aboriginal medical graduates commence their training yesterday also, three in rural hospitals.

Author: Kevin Conolly


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