First-year doctors arrive at western Sydney hospitals

23 Jan 2015

Western Sydney Local Health District (WSLHD) this week welcomed 120 medical graduates who will undertake a year-long internship this year.

WSLHD chief executive Danny O’Connor said the interns would complete compulsory terms in the specialties of medicine, surgery and emergency.

"The first day of an internship is a great milestone in the life of every young doctor," Mr O’Connor said.

"I commend each one of you for completing your university studies and wish you well at the start of this challenging new journey," he said.

Medical interns at Westmead & Blacktown hospitals last week


NSW guarantees intern positions to all domestic medical graduates of NSW universities and provides internships to many graduates from interstate universities and, where possible, international full-fee paying medical graduates.

NSW is the only state or territory to offer two-year employment contracts to medical graduates.

"The first two years of postgraduate training of doctors is vital for developing a highly skilled workforce," Mr O’Connor said.

The interns will rotate through metropolitan, regional or rural hospitals, as well as GP practices.

WSLHD hospitals in which medical graduates will commence their one-year internship are:

  • Westmead (70)
  • Auburn (10)
  • Blacktown and Mount Druitt hospitals (40)