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District welcomes new starters

Junior doctors, nurses, midwives and allied health workers join District in 2021.

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Sydney Local Health District will welcome close to 100 new medical interns, about 250 registered nurses and midwives and 27 allied health workers in 2021.

"I'd like to welcome all of our newest doctors, nurses and allied health workers to the District.

"Not many organisations can say that their staff come to work each day and make a difference to the lives of others 24 hours a day, every day of the year. Here, we can," Dr Teresa Anderson, the District's Chief Executive said.

The interns will work at Balmain, Canterbury, Concord and RPA hospitals and will be on the wards from the beginning of February after a comprehensive two week orientation program.

During their first year of practice, they'll work under close supervision in medical, surgical and emergency departments and in two other areas. The next year, they'll continue to develop as hospital resident medical officers and later progress to specialist training.

"Interns are highly valued members of our team.

"The first years of practice are an opportunity for them to learn as much as they can and to develop the skills and knowledge that'll provide a solid foundation for their careers as doctors," Dr Andrew Hallahan, the District's Executive Director of Medical Services, said.

While busy caring for others, interns also need to ensure their own health and wellbeing, Dr Hallahan said.

"They may face challenging situations at times during their training. I would like to encourage them ask for help when they need it, to look after own health and wellbeing and their colleagues," he said.

The interns spend their first two weeks participating in an orientation program – some of which was delivered virtually via Zoom, as part of the District's ongoing COVID-19 response. Other days involved group practical work and 'on the wards' experiences.

Meanwhile, close to 250 registered nurses and midwives will join teams across the District's hospitals and Mental Health, Community, Drug Health and Metro/Rural Exchange program.

"We support graduates to build a fulfilling nursing or midwifery career.

"Our program provides opportunities for graduates to work across a range of clinical specialties to develop and consolidate their skills, knowledge and practice," Laura Johns, the District's Nursing and Midwifery Acting Nurse Manager, said.

And, the 27 graduates who'll join the District's Allied Health team are starting careers in physiotherapy, occupational therapy, nutrition and dietetics, speech pathology and social work.

"Our teams help patients and their families improve their quality of life after illness or trauma.

"It's a wonderful introduction to working in the public health care sector and provides an opportunity to build-up their skills - including a rural rotation for physiotherapists at Dubbo Base Hospital," Sarah Whitney, the District's Director of Allied Health, said.