More Doctors in Regional Areas

Australian-trained international medical graduates are now working in private hospitals and regional areas in Queensland and Western Australia as part of a new Commonwealth Medical Internship Scheme.

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20 February 2014

Australian-trained international medical graduates are now working in private hospitals and regional areas in Queensland and Western Australia as part of a new Commonwealth Medical Internship Scheme.

Federal Health Minister Peter Dutton today announced that the Australian Government will provide $40 million over the next four years for Australian-trained international graduates to complete their training in private hospitals and in regional areas.

Many of the graduates began their postings in January and the Minister today visited several of the graduates at the Mater Hospital in Townsville.

He said there would be 61 internships in Queensland and 15 in Western Australia during 2014 with interns based in Townsville, Mackay, Bundaberg, Brisbane and Perth.

The interns will also do rotations in Kingaroy, Noosa, Hervey Bay and Mt Isa in Queensland, Joondalup and Mandurah in Western Australia and Tweed Heads in New South Wales.

“These interns will work and train outside major cities, providing a much-needed boost to the medical workforce in regional areas,” Mr Dutton said.

“The scheme will provide up to 100 medical internship positions each year in the private sector during a period of high growth in students graduating in medicine.

“These private sector internships are an important addition to the internship places provided by states and territories in public hospitals.

“This investment will further support Australia’s medical workforce and with the shortage of doctors at critical levels in many areas across the country, it’s important to provide these opportunities outside metropolitan centres.

“The Government is working with private hospitals to build a strong training network, one that will create training opportunities in rural and regional communities and boost the nation’s medical training capacity.”

"This Government is committed to delivering innovative solutions to strengthen the health workforce and to ensure Australians can receive the healthcare they need closer to home,” Mr Dutton said.

Media Contact: John Wiseman – 0401 776 108 or the Minister's Office on 02 6277 7220

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