FOUR new internships will begin at Warrnambool health services over the next two years as part of a plan to keep health workers in regional areas.
State health minster David Davis announced a Victoria-wide increase in rural community intern training (RCIT) programs at a recent Australian Medical Association conference, taking the number of RCIT places from 10 to 30.
At least four of those will be in Warrnambool, he said, adding they will help to “provide more doctors, nurses and allied health professionals to meet growing demand”.
The 20 new internships will be spread across the south-west, Echuca, the Grampians and East Gippsland at a cost of $2.25 million, Mr Davis said.
Member for Western Victoria Simon Ramsay said the RCIT program was helping to build a “sustainable health workforce in rural Victoria”.
“By providing a positive learning experience for rural placements, students are more likely to return to work in south-west Victoria when they graduate,” he said.