Member for Tweed, Geoff Provest, has welcomed 18 new doctors to the Northern Local Health District at The Tweed Hospital. These new doctors form part of the new intern intake starting across New South Wales.

“Interns are a vital part of the professional team at the frontline of the health system,”  Mr Provest said.

“We are very happy to greet this new team of enthusiastic and talented doctors who want to make a difference, and will develop their skills in the public health system.

“NSW has a record 1021 intern positions this intake, more than any other state or territory, and the NSW Liberals & National Government has invested close to three-quarters of a billion dollars in the internship program to date.

Mr Provest extended a particular welcome to Dr Georgia Redmayne who is a talented cricketer, having most recently played in the Women’s Big Bash League for the Hobart Hurricanes. Originally from Alstonville, Georgina is one of a number of doctors from regional NSW who are passionate about the delivery of health services in rural Australia.

During their one-year internship, the graduates will complete compulsory terms in the specialties of medicine, surgery and emergency as required by the Medical Board of Australia. The second year of post-graduate experience focusses on consolidating professional practice and experience in different clinical settings.

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

The 2018/19 State Budget has added 1,370 health staff, including 300 medical practitioners, 950 nurses and midwives and 120 allied health professionals – resulting in a record frontline clinical and clinical support staff of over 105,000 people.