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Young doctors love the country practice

Saturday, 31st January, 2015

New interns (from left) Martin Hanson, Phillip Cellich and Andrew Harris at the hospital this week.  PICTURE: Darrin Manuel New interns (from left) Martin Hanson, Phillip Cellich and Andrew Harris at the hospital this week. PICTURE: Darrin Manuel

By Darrin Manuel

Three young doctors will begin their medical careers serving the outback as interns at the Broken Hill Hospital.

Andrew Harris, Martin Hanson and Phillip Cellich started with the Far West Local health District this week, and will divide their time between the medical and surgical ward and emergency department during their internship.

They will be assessing patients admitted to hospital, assessing changing medical conditions in the wards, and assisting in emergency department under supervision of more senior doctors.

Martin and Phillip hail from Castlecrag and Sydney respectively, and both said they were looking forward to the challenges of a medical career in an isolated location.

“It’s a fantastic opportunity to experience something different that you probably won’t find anywhere else in the State, or even in the country,” said Martin.

“It’s a great city, and not what I expected. It’s quite vibrant. It’s unique... an exciting new adventure.

“There’s some great medical experience to be had in rural areas. The medicine is different and you learn different things,” said Phillip.

Meanwhile, ex-local Andrew needs no introduction to life in the outback, and said he was elated to be back home with friends and family.

“I’m really excited and just happy to be home,” he said.

“It’s such a good city to be part of. I’m really proud of it and I’m glad to have the other guys out here.”

Andrew said all aspects of the internship would hold appeal, but said life in the medical and surgical ward would likely be a favourite as he aspires to become a GP.

“The ED looks good to get a broad experience - the front line of health care,” he said.

“But I’m also really excited about the medical term. Just seeing patients every day, you get to know them and form relationships and influence their overall health long-term.”

Andrew and Martin’s employment is particularly significant as they are the first interns to be employed by the health service, while Phillip will work on rotation from Concorde Hospital.

Far West LHD’s Director of Medical Services, Dr Kathleen Atkinson, said the trio’s appointment was another positive development for local health care.

“We’re very pleased to welcome the interns to the workforce and I am sure they will enjoy the challenging and rewarding experience of working and living in a rural and remote environment,” said Dr Atkinson.

“The employment of interns by the district benefits both our medical workforce and the community, as the doctors will be living and working here as part of the community.

“It positions the district as a provider of training for new doctors and helps address our medical workforce issues.

“We are confident that the training of interns locally will bring with it rewards in encouraging more doctors to consider coming out to the Far West to pursue a rewarding medical career.”

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