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    JOINT STATEMENT
    Premier and Minister for Trade
    The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk
    Acting Minister for Health and Minister for Ambulance Services
    The Honourable Shannon Fentiman

    Queensland welcomes 749 new doctors

    JOINT STATEMENT

    Premier and Minister for Trade
    The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk

    Acting Minister for Health and Minister for Ambulance Services
    The Honourable Shannon Fentiman

    Monday, January 15, 2018

    Queensland welcomes 749 new doctors

    More than 740 new doctors today began their careers caring for Queenslanders at public hospitals across the state.

    Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk congratulated 94 of Queensland’s new starters at Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital on beginning their careers, and welcomed them to the Queensland Health family.

    “Today is a huge milestone for these new doctors as they begin their long and rewarding careers in medicine,” Premier Palaszczuk said.

    “During the election campaign we promised a renewed focus on health, and we are already delivering just a few weeks into the New Year. Across the state we have 749 new doctors taking up positions at Queensland Health hospitals—an increase from the 738 we welcomed last year.

    “We are committed to bettering the health of Queenslanders, no matter where they live, and each of these new doctors will have an invaluable impact on lives right across the state.”

    Acting Minister for Health and Ambulance Services Shannon Fentiman said the latest cohort of medical interns was spread across Queensland.

    “While we’re celebrating our newest doctors in the heart of Brisbane today, more than half of them are beginning their rotations in regional hospitals, all of which are excellent training grounds,” Ms Fentiman said.

    “I’m also pleased to see that 66 of these junior clinicians have shown an interest in rural and remote medicine by accepting rural generalist internships.

    “We recognise we have a role in equipping our future medical workforce with the necessary skills and experience and that’s what we’re doing.

    “I’m sure our new interns will have rewarding careers caring for communities throughout Queensland.”

    Metro North Hospital and Health Service (MNHHS) Chief Executive Shaun Drummond said the 163 new interns across four of the service’s hospitals would be joining the ranks of some of the world’s most renowned and decorated doctors.

    “It’s exciting to welcome these new recruits to our healthcare ranks,” Mr Drummond said.

    “We have an outstanding team of medical professionals here, so I know these graduates will take advantage of the opportunities available to them at our hospitals.

    “Their decisions to preference our hospital shows the national and international standard of our training institutions and research facilities.”

    Of the 163 interns at MNHHS, 94 are placed at RBWH; 25 at The Prince Charles Hospital; 27 at Redcliffe Hospital and 17 at Caboolture Hospital.

    The new interns are participating 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.

     

    Media contact: Geoff Breusch 0417 272 875

    Hospital and Health Service (HHS)

                      Facility

    General
    Interns

    Rural
    Generalist
    Interns

    TOTAL

    Cairns & Hinterland HHS

    Cairns Hospital

    40

    5

    45

    Central Queensland

    Rockhampton Base Hospital

    28

    7

    35

    Darling Downs

    Toowoomba Hospital

    30

    10

    40

    Gold Coast

    Gold Coast University Hospital

    89

    1

    90

    Mackay

    Mackay Base Hospital

    28

    6

    34

    Metro North

    Caboolture Hospital

    16

    1

    17

    Redcliffe Hospital

    26

    1

    27

    Royal Brisbane and
    Women’s Hospital

    94

    -

    94

    The Prince Charles
    Hospital

    25

    -

    25

    Metro South

    Logan Hospital

    37

    2

    39

    Princess Alexandra
    Hospital

    95

    -

    95

    Redland Hospital

    -

    5

    5

    North West HHS

    Mount Isa Hospital

    -

    5

    5

    Sunshine Coast

    Sunshine Coast University
    Hospital

    56

    5

    61

    Townsville

    Townsville Hospital

    63

    7

    70

    West Moreton

    Ipswich Hospital

    31

    4

    35

    Wide Bay

    Bundaberg Hospital

    3

    5

    8

    Hervey Bay Hospital

    6

    2

    8

    Mater

    Mater Health Services

    16

    -

    16

     

    TOTAL

    683

    66

    749