Next generation of health heroes to help ease hospital pressures

Minister for Health and Ambulance Services The Honourable Yvette D'Ath

Across Queensland medical interns and graduate nurses will launch the next stage of their careers.

795 new junior doctors will join the frontline throughout January to help strengthen Queensland’s public health system.

Minister for Health and Ambulance Services Yvette D’Ath said the state’s newest medical interns were launching their careers at an ideal time.

“These medical interns have worked extremely hard to get to this stage of their career and I congratulate them on their achievement,” said Minister D’Ath.

“These junior doctors represent the next generation of frontline health workers.

“I’m grateful they are joining our health system at a time when COVID-19 is placing immense pressure on our hospitals and workforce.

“The pandemic has shone a light on the importance of health care workers. It’s a challenging but rewarding job and I have no doubt our newest recruits will thrive under the guidance of our respected clinicians.

“I wish them all the best as they embark on their professional journey.”

The junior doctors have been recruited across 20 Queensland hospitals and will compete rotations through three core terms including Medicine, Surgery and Emergency Medicine, plus elective terms in other specialised areas.

The intake includes 56 Queensland Rural General Interns.

“It’s wonderful to see so many interns showing an interest in rural and remote health care,” Minister D’Ath said.

“The Queensland Rural Generalist Pathway provides targeted training and development so interns can become a Rural Generalist or pursue other areas of medicine.”

The state’s health workforce will be bolstered further in February with the next intake of graduate nurses.

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