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Meet re­gion’s new med­i­cal in­terns

Sunshine Coast Daily - Caloundra Weekly - - FRONT PAGE - Ash­ley Carter Ash­[email protected]­news.com.au

SIXTY-five ju­nior doc­tors will start the next stage of their med­i­cal careers across the Sunshine Coast this month. Health Min­is­ter Steven Miles wel­comed them to the Queens­land Health fam­ily, with 780 in­terns start­ing across the state.

“These doc­tors are not just re­shap­ing the lives of their pa­tients, they’re re­shap­ing their own,” he said.

“Some­times the work will be hard; some­times tir­ing; some­times heart­break­ing. But there won’t be one sin­gle day the work of these doc­tors doesn’t im­prove the lives of oth­ers.

“Con­grat­u­la­tions to the ju­nior doc­tors, and I look for­ward to see­ing them hard at work in hos­pi­tals across the state.”

The new in­terns will par­tic­i­pate in a week-long ori­en­ta­tion pro­gram to fa­mil­iarise them­selves with each hos­pi­tal, its ser­vices and clin­i­cal prac­tice and pro­ce­dures be­fore be­gin­ning ro­ta­tions through a va­ri­ety of units that may in­clude gen­eral medicine, surgery, emer­gency medicine and ad­di­tional elec­tive terms in other spe­cialised ar­eas.

Med­i­cal ser­vices ex­ec­u­tive direc­tor Dr Mau­ri­tius Du Toit said the in­tern year was a “very im­por­tant year” when clin­i­cal man­age­ment, com­mu­ni­ca­tion and pro­fes­sional skills were con­sol­i­dated, un­der the close guid­ance and su­per­vi­sion of se­nior col­leagues.

“By the end of 2019, in­terns will have com­pleted terms in medicine, emer­gency medicine and surgery and will have also par­tic­i­pated in a specif­i­cally de­signed in­ten­sive pro­gram

of ed­u­ca­tion and pro­fes­sional de­vel­op­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties, in ac­cor­dance with na­tional stan­dards and re­quire­ments set by ex­ter­nal ac­cred­i­ta­tion agen­cies,” Dr Du Toit said.

“The in­tern­ship pro­gram re­mains pop­u­lar with the pro­gram, once again sig­nif­i­cantly over-sub­scribed for 2019.

“As hos­pi­tal in­terns they will be im­por­tant mem­bers of staff, help­ing to meet the ever-in­creas­ing de­mand for health ser­vices across the Sunshine Coast and sur­round­ing ar­eas.”

Af­ter a week of ori­en­ta­tion, the in­terns will start their ro­ta­tional du­ties at Nam­bour, Caloun­dra, Maleny and Gympie.

Con­grat­u­la­tions to the ju­nior doc­tors, and I look for­ward to see­ing them hard at work in hos­pi­tals across the state. — Steven Miles

PHOTO: PA­TRICK WOODS

WEL­COME: Sixty-five young doc­tors have been wel­comed to the Sunshine Coast Hos­pi­tal and Health Ser­vice, start­ing in­tern­ships across the Sunshine Coast and Gympie re­gions.

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