Far West LHD welcomes first group of junior doctors for 2016

The Far West LHD and Broken Hill Hospital has welcomed a particularly large cohort of Junior Medical Officers (JMO) to the workforce for 2016. The group of 14 consist of mostly new faces for the Health Service.

The District Director of Medical Services for Far West, Dr Kathleen Atkinson warmly welcomed our new and returning medical officers to join the team in Broken Hill.

“2016 sees rapidly expanding opportunities for medical training in the Far West with medical officers and their supervisors providing advanced skills in Anaesthetics, Obstetrics, Psychiatry, Ophthalmology, Palliative Care and Internal Medicine,” said Dr Atkinson.

Drs Ke Xu, Yvette Etherden, Satilla Zafreen and Elizabeth Richardson have been employed directly by Broken Hill Health Service as Interns. These doctors relocated to Broken Hill with their families to live and work in a rural community, which is both great for the community and a great adventure for these young doctors choosing to start their medical careers in Broken Hill.

Dr Justin Gladman has returned to Broken Hill to continue his medical career as a Rural Generalist in Anaesthetics. This is a newly accredited position to the hospital and underlines the fantastic opportunities for Broken Hill to develop our own Medical Staff and support them in the career journey. It also reflects a life style choice that allows challenging work with a balance of family time for professionals like Dr Gladman.

Dr Sim Mead is our Psychiatry Registrar for six months on secondment. He is part of a rotation of registrars that live and work in Broken Hill for 6 months at a time. We also have Dr Samuel Rajadurai, Senior Surgical Resident Officer rotating from Westmead/Nepean.

Our Resident Medical Officers (RMOs) and Senior Medical Resident Officer (SRMOs) are: Dr Sun Ho Kim, Sylvia To, Dr Varan Peramamthan – ED RMOs; Dr Geoffrey Ye – Surgical RMO, Dr Alexander Nguyen – Paediatric RMO, Dr Dan Dinh and Dr Mithran Kathirgamanathan – Medical RMO.

All rotate from Concord Repatriation Hospital on a regular ten week basis. Dr Kathirgamanathan has returned for a second time as so many of the Residents do during their time at Concord. Broken Hill is the rural placement for the Concord junior doctors and as so many choose to return Broken Hill and the Far West.

 

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