Trainee Medical Officer Unit

A Trainee Medical Officer Unit has been established in Country Health SA to work with country hospitals, the university-led regional training hubs, GPEx and the Rural Doctors Workforce Agency to coordinate rural medical training and attract and encourage students and trainee medical officers to work in country areas.

In January 2019, rural intern numbers more than doubled from five to twelve, with five new positions based at Whyalla Hospital and an additional two positions based in Mount Gambier, bringing the total number there to seven.

Five new interns were welcomed by staff in Whyalla in January 2019
Five new interns were welcomed by staff in Whyalla in January 2019

interns at Mount Gambier Hospital
Seven new interns were welcomed by staff in Mount Gambier
in January 2019

The new intern positions are the result of a partnership between Country Health SA, the University of Adelaide’s Adelaide Rural Clinical School and Flinders University, with funding from the South Australian Government and Australian Government for 2019 and 2020.

Country Health SA is continuing to develop a complete training pathway to ensure that those who see rural medicine as a career have the ability to complete their whole training in country South Australia. This will greatly assist the recruitment and retention of the future rural medical workforce.

For more information about rural medical training opportunities, contact Reece Johnson on (08) 8226 5737 or at

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