Doctors get a taste of rural practice
FIVE new medical graduates are about to start a 13-week internship program across rural Tasmania to help them build a career in general practice.
The interns will be placed at Flinders Island, King Island, St Helens, Queenstown and in the Huon Valley.
The internship program started in January and is run by Ochre Health. The program will be placing junior doctors throughout Tasmania over a three-year period.
Ochre Heath co-founder Hamish Meldrum said he was confident the placements would benefit both the community and the young doctors.
“Our small communities always welcome new faces to the area, and our new interns have been extremely well received,” he said.
Dan Lack, who is completing his internship on Flinders Island, said the program had given him the exposure and diversity he wanted.
“The real benefit for me has been working in an environment that doesn’t have one focus,” he said.
He said in a small community doctors faced something new every day from general practice duties to emergency presentations or conducting home visits.