The future of health care

18 January 2018

More than 700 fresh faces will start work with SA Health this year, as part of the 2018 graduate intake program.

The first of 461 registered nurses, 57 registered midwives and 255 graduate doctors have started this week across the state’s network of public hospitals.

Chief Nurse and Midwifery Officer, Adj. Assoc. Prof. Lydia Dennett, said the graduate program will be a rewarding experience for the hard-working graduate nurses and midwives.

“We are very excited to welcome this year’s graduate nurses and midwives and are looking forward to helping them gain valuable skills and consolidate their practice through their time at the hospitals around the state,” Ms Dennett said.

“It is a big change between studying and stepping into a practical role, but the nurses and midwives will be surrounded by incredible staff that will support them along the way.

“We hope we can help to shape the futures of these well-deserving nurses and midwives and assist them in reaching their full potential.”

Chief Medical Officer, Professor Paddy Phillips, said the graduate doctors are going to gain a huge amount of practical experience in hospitals around South Australia.

“It is fantastic that we can offer such a worthwhile opportunity to the successful graduates and we are looking forward to welcoming them to each of the local health networks,” Professor Phillips said.

“We believe the graduate doctors are going to learn a lot of new skills in a practical environment, but are looking forward to seeing the skills that they can bring to the hospital.

Each doctor will undertake five terms of clinical placements over the year, allowing them an opportunity to experience all areas, including adult medicine, emergency, surgery, and two rotations of specialised medicine.

SA Health would like to welcome the graduate doctors and nurses and midwives and wish them the best of luck in the next exciting phase of their careers.

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