Twenty three medical graduate interns will start work in Campbelltown Hospital this month boosting our local medical workforce.

“When we boost and support our health workforce we will see improved outcomes,” Member for Campbelltown Greg Warren said.

“The experience that these junior doctors will gain over their time here will be invaluable.”

Mr Warren was at Campbelltown Hospital with Minister for Health Ryan Park to meet some of these interns who are among the 122 junior doctors who recently began work in the South Western Sydney Local Health District.

In a training program with networked hospitals throughout the state, providing formal and on-the-job training, they receive two-year contracts to rotate between metropolitan, regional and rural hospitals to ensure the diversity of their experience.

They also rotate across different specialties during the intern year, including surgery, medicine and emergency medicine. 

Mr Warren emphasised that the NSW Government is currently undertaking an ambitious plan to rebuild the state’s health workforce, including through:

  • Implementing safe staffing levels of nurses and midwives beginning in our emergency departments; 
  • saving 1,112 temporary nurses by making them permanent;  
  • abolishing the wages cap and delivering record pay increases for nurses, paramedics and other health workers as well as salary packaging; 
  • beginning to roll out 500 additional paramedics in regional, rural and remote communities; and 
  • doubling the health worker study subsidies.