Six new doctors soon will be taking up their appointments within the South West Hospital and Health Service at Charleville, Roma and St George.
Two senior medical officers and principal house officer would be starting at Charleville Hospital during February, with the first starting on 4 February.
“The two senior medical officers – doctors Robyn Kinsey and Margaret Robin – will join our existing three senior medical officers already at Charleville. This will give five permanent senior resident doctors at Charleville, where previously there has been three senior doctors supported by a regular panel of locum doctors filling the other two senior medical officer positions. “
“I am sure the Charleville community will join me in welcoming doctors Kinsey and Robin, as well as new principal house officer Dr Kasandra Kuhlar to the region.
As well as the new doctors at Charleville, one new senior doctor will be starting at Roma Hospital and a husband and wife team will be job-sharing a position at St George Hospital.
Dr Nicholas Lee would be starting at Roma on 18 February as a Senior Medical Officer Anaesthetist, while doctors Kate and Alex Baggot would be job-sharing a Senior Medical Officer position at St George from 4 February.
The new doctors will form part of the South West HHS’s total complement of 37 resident doctors throughout the region.
South West Hospital and Health Service Executive Director of Medical Services Dr Tim Smart says, having such a pool of senior and highly skilled doctors gives the capacity to host, teach and supervise the next generation of young doctors.
“That’s why we can host medical students, as well as junior doctors who are at most stages of career training for Rural Generalist specialty training.
“For instance, apart from our permanent doctor establishment, this year we have 12 medical student positions available at our Roma, Charleville, St George, Mitchell and Cunnamulla health facilities through which students will be rotating every six weeks.”
“We also have three medical intern positions at Roma, Charleville and St George, where we will host interns from other major hospitals for short rural and remote placements every five to six weeks.”
“And finally, we have six junior doctor positions at Roma, Charleville, St George and Mitchell, where we can host 12-week rotations of young doctors at various stages of more advanced training programs.”
Dr Smart says the South West now was very much regarded as an attractive place for doctors to work, train, and get valuable experience in rural and remote medicine.
“However, locum doctors will continue to be a part of South West Health’s service delivery as they will always be needed to replace permanent doctors who are on leave or fulfilling continuing education requirements, or to fill gaps when we recruit to vacated positions.’’