• Hannah Phillips

Junior Doctors Encouraged to Work in Regional NSW

The annual recruitment drive to attract the best and brightest junior doctors to NSW hospitals is currently underway, with Wagga Wagga in the Riverina a popular choice.

Premier Gladys Berejiklian was recently there inspecting progress of the Wagga Base Hospital redevelopment, and said the hospital continued to attract the state’s best young doctors, with 23 upcoming roles being contested.

“The past three winners of NSW Junior Doctor of the Year were all based in Wagga.

"Their success reflects the great training and services available here,” Ms Berejiklian said.

“The NSW Liberals & Nationals Government is investing over $400 million in Wagga Wagga Base Hospital with stages 1 and 2 now complete, and the $170 million Stage 3 now underway.”

“This investment was a priority when we came to office, after the former Labor government neglected Wagga Base Hospital for 16 years.

“Of the 40 hospital projects underway or set to commence in 2018-19, two thirds are in regional NSW,” she said.

“These new facilities are providing more services and attracting world-class clinicians, resulting in outstanding mentors and training opportunities for our junior doctors.”

The 2018-19 NSW Budget added 1370 health staff across the State, including 300 doctors, 950 nurses and midwives and 120 allied health professionals.

Junior Medical Officer positions are highly sought after, with more than 45,000 applications received for the 2018 intake.

Successful applicants for 2019 will train in rotations across different disciplines and clinical environments across NSW.

Applications for these position close on August 20 at 5pm, to apply, visit: health.nsw.gov.au.