Spot for specialist doctor to train at hospital

Federal Health Minister Tanya Plibersek has announced 150 new specialist training positions for doctors around Australia – including one new spot in Wollongong.
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During a visit to Wollongong Hospital yesterday, Ms Plibersek said the new training position in geriatric medicine was in addition to the six existing posts for specialist training at the hospital.

Another seven spots have been allocated across the Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District.

“We know that there are shortages of a variety of specialties right around the country and by providing these specialist training places in hospitals like Wollongong we start to address those shortages,” Ms Plibersek said.

“Doctors who train in a particular location are much more likely to stay in that location, so by training in large regional centres like Wollongong … we are able to address the workforce shortages that we have across Australia.

“We know that this community has an ageing population, it’s a population that has a high burden of chronic disease so making sure that we’re looking after the older residents of Wollongong is very important.

“Next year there’ll be an extra 150 places across Australia and the following year another 150 places, bringing the total … to 900.”

Asked why there was only one position for Wollongong – the major training centre for the health district – Ms Plibersek said: “There’s six existing positions and this extra position means that every year there will be an extra person being able to train in this location.”

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