Health Minister Roger Cook announced that first year interns will now do their entire training at St John of God hospitals after the private health care group was accredited to run its own medical intern program.

St John of God Midland public hospital (SJGMPH) has been appointed a Primary Employing Health Service, which means interns have employment access to both public and private settings. St John of God Health Care (SJGHC) will be able to directly employ interns from next year. The first intern program will see 12 medical graduates in the first year with plans to grow over subsequent years. Interns will have access to a range of specialty areas, such as general surgery, emergency medicine, paediatrics, intensive care and neurology/stroke. Initially the intensive care option will be undertaken at St John of God Subiaco Hospital and the rest undertaken at SJGMPH. It will then expand to other St John of God Health Care hospitals.

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