Medical graduates to call Mount Gambier home

Medical graduates from around the world will commence a ground-breaking program that provides on-the-job training and sets them on a path to obtain full-time work at health sites across the State’s South East.

Mount Gambier Hospital and its partner Flinders University have been accredited by the Australian Medical Council to commence a 12-month Workplace-Based Assessment (WBA) program for international medical graduates.

Country Health SA’s Director of Medical Services in the South East region, Dr Christopher Tan, said Mount Gambier Hospital is the only South Australian hospital that offers the WBA program.

“We are excited to announce that from July this year, three international medical graduates will be given the opportunity to take part in the WBA program at Mount Gambier Hospital,” Dr Tan said.

“International medical graduates usually need to pass clinical exams to work in Australia, but the WBA program provides an alternative to the exams and allows comprehensive assessment of doctors over a period of time through direct observation of on the job performance.”

“This is the only WBA program accredited in South Australia and provides Mount Gambier Hospital a platform to not only attract high quality medical professionals, but also promote the Limestone Coast as a wonderful place to live and work.”

Candidates will be ranked according to their commitment to working as a clinician on the Limestone Coast, coupled with their interest in rural generalist practice or a specialist discipline currently in undersupply in the region.

Director of Flinders Rural Health South Australia, Professor Jennene Greenhill, said Flinders University Rural Health was delighted to be working in partnership with Mount Gambier Hospital to implement the newly accredited WBA program.

“The WBA program allows Flinders University to provide an important service for international medical graduates who provide essential services to people in our rural communities,” Professor Greenhill said.

“This is an excellent new venture that offers a flexible rural training pathway and will allow medical graduates to train while delivering much needed services in Mount Gambier.”

Applications for the inaugural program are open until April 16. For more details regarding the WBA program, check out the Flinders University website.

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