26 September 2023

92 doctors inject their careers into Gold Coast

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Queensland Health has announced that almost 100 new doctors have started to work on their careers on the Gold Coast.

The 92 doctors will take part in training workshops at the Gold Coast University Hospital as part of their orientation, refining their skills in basic life support and infection control.

Acting Executive Director of Medical Services in Health, Raghu Murthy said the junior doctors would also spend time shadowing staff on the wards — an important part of the orientation process.

“Shadowing has proven invaluable to date in assisting interns to be work-ready when they start on day one,” Dr Murthy said.

“This is where our new doctors have the opportunity to not only get a feel for the wards and their new workplace, but they can ask questions and really get up to speed on all of the processes and procedures.”

He said many of this year’s interns had come from Gold Coast universities, such as Griffith and Bond, with a smaller cohort from other universities across Queensland, as well as interstate.

Dr Murthy said this year’s interns would be at the forefront of the digital innovation that was under way at Gold Coast Health.

“It’s an exciting time to join Gold Coast Health,” he said.

“Several innovative and digital solutions are being deployed across our health service.

“We’re changing the way we work, and improving both employee and consumer experiences; this year’s new doctors will have the opportunity to progress these innovations,” Dr Murthy said.

Gold Coast-based Minister for Science and Youth Affairs, Meaghan Scanlon said the Gold Coast was one of Australia’s fastest-growing areas, and the new doctors would play a critical role in helping to meet the demand for important health services.

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