Tasmanian Intern Program

Meet Tasmania’s New Generation of Doctors

Tasmania’s newest generation of doctors are being encouraged to consider a career in rural general practice, in a federally funded initiative spearheaded by Ochre Health.

The Rural Junior Doctor Training Innovation Fund is an internship program designed to recruit graduate doctors to work in rural and remote regions, beginning in Tasmania in January 2018. Coordinated by Ochre Health, the program will place 1 intern per centre into 4 rural medical centres across Tasmania for a total placement period of 13 weeks.

How it works

During this time, interns will accompany a senior GP on rounds in the local hospital, provide supervised consultations with patients, and generally get a broad exposure to the rigors of work as a rural GP.

How it Works

Ochre will coordinate 20 intern placements throughout 2018, with the support contract running until 2020. Ochre Co-founder and chairman Dr Ross Lamplugh, who himself lives in Tasmania, believes that this program will be a boon to those young doctors who qualify.

“The rural primary care term will provide interns with hands-on patient experiences in multiple settings that will be beneficial to their careers, regardless of the future direction they will take.”

The latest cohort of interns are spread across 4 of Ochre’s Tasmanian medical centres, with a 5th intern doing their placement in an independent medical centre in the Huon Valley.

Eddy Watkins – Queenstown

Wesley Saunders – King Island

Trent Carr – Flinders Island

Shevonne Koh – Scottsdale

Emma Tan – Huon Valley Health Centre

For more information on the program, please click here.

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