Fifty-one junior doctors will start the next stage of their medical careers across the Cairns and Hinterland region this month.
Member for Cairns Michael Healy welcomed the junior doctors and said their contributions to the community would be immediately felt.
“Investment in health and jobs are critical to building a healthy and happy community,” Mr Healy said.
“The Palaszczuk Government will continue to deliver for the people of Far North Queensland by creating jobs and investing in our vital frontline services.”
Member for Barron River Craig Crawford said health investment in the regions was critical to the ongoing development of the region.
“Cairns Hospital will provide first-class training and experience for our new junior doctors, while also providing the community with boots on the ground to deliver essential services,” Mr Crawford said.
“We’re pleased to do our part when it comes to training the future doctors of tomorrow.”
Member for Mulgrave Curtis Pitt said the 51 junior doctors were part of a state-wide intake of 780 recent graduates.
“These new doctors are embarking on what I’m sure will be a long and rewarding career in health,” Mr Pitt said.
“I welcome them to our region and look forward to seeing what they will accomplish over the course of their training.”
The new interns will participate 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.
“This year, for the first time, we will have two new intern placements, one at the Babinda Hospital and another with the Royal Flying Doctor Service,” Clare Douglas, the Chief Executive of the Cairns and Hinterland Hospital and Health Service said.
“Our Health Service is an excellent training ground for junior doctors, and the program has been very successful since it was introduced in 1998, with the majority of interns remaining with us after their initial 12 months,” she said.