Hon Roger Cook BA GradDipBus MBA MLA

Hon Roger Cook BA GradDipBus MBA MLA

Deputy Premier; Minister for Health; Mental Health

    Junior doctors welcomed into WA health system

    1/02/2018 2:00 PM
    • Public hospital system welcomes 318 new interns in 2018
    • 86 per cent of interns trained within Western Australia, including six Aboriginal graduates 

    The Western Australian health system will benefit from the latest intake of junior doctors, who will complete their three-year internships within metropolitan and regional hospitals. 


    Health Minister Roger Cook congratulated the 318 junior doctors who accepted internships in WA public hospitals for 2018.


    Graduates trained at Western Australian universities, including six Aboriginal graduates, accepted 273 positions (86 per cent).


    The interns will be placed at:

    • Fiona Stanley Hospital (118);
    • Royal Perth Hospital (87);
    • Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital (103); and
    • WA Country Health Service - Albany Hospital and Bunbury Hospital (10). 

    A further 18 interns, including 14 international medical graduates, will commence at Ramsay Health Care campuses under an agreement with the Australian Government.


    Comments attributed to Health Minister Roger Cook:


    "The McGowan Government is committed to maximising State-based training opportunities for medical students.


    "I commend all of the successful interns, the majority of which are locally trained, and I look forward to seeing the positive improvements that stem from this latest injection of talent into our health system.


    "They will provide a vital contribution to the ongoing provision of high-quality healthcare to Western Australians.


    "This week, I was fortunate enough to meet three new junior doctors to congratulate them on their placement at Albany Hospital and hear about their experience to date. I can see how valuable these internships are to the junior doctors themselves and the communities they work in."


    Minister's office - 6552 6500