ANYONE visiting West Moreton Health facilities over the coming months will notice a big group of fresh faces on the wards.
The reason is local health has just welcomed 35 new interns into its ranks.
Acting Chief Medical Officer Dr Nilesh Parmar said starting a hospital internship was a major and memorable milestone for any doctor.
“It is our privilege to help shape and support our newest junior doctors as they embark on medical careers dedicated to helping communities achieve the best possible health.”
The new medical interns started this week on the rounds joining senior medical mentors to care for patients in general medicine, surgery, emergency medicine and additional elective terms in other specialised areas.
The 2023 intake also included four rural generalist trainees. Dr Parmar said almost 75 per cent of the 2022 medical interns had chosen to continue their medical careers at West Moreton Health this year.
“I believe that is an indication of the fantastic learning and development experience we offer at West Moreton Health and also the work we do to set up supportive structures around medical interns and other junior doctors,” he said.
“This structure helps them thrive in their roles, with a focus on their own health and wellbeing.”
Chief Executive Hannah Bloch said it was an exciting time to join West Moreton Health, with the new Acute Mental Health Unit and Ripley Satellite Hospital both due to open in 2023.
“West Moreton is a fast-growing region, and our infrastructure program focuses on expanded service accessibility, innovation and leadership in healthcare delivery,” Ms Bloch said.
“For an exciting and rewarding career in person-centred care, these 35 new recruits have made an excellent choice – congratulations and welcome to the team.”