South Coast welcomes new resident medical officers

27 April 2019

Wednesday, 27 March 2019

A partnership between South Coast District Hospital and Flinders Medical Centre will see a boost in the number of doctors, thanks to an innovative new training program.

Barossa Hills and Fleurieu Regional Director of Medical Services, Doctor Jayanthi Jayakaran, said for the first time five Resident Medical Officers (RMOs) have commenced placement.

“We are delighted to support training for our future doctors to encourage a sustainable workforce, while growing our partnership with metro hospitals,” Dr Jayakaran said.

“The five junior doctors are living locally as part of a three month rotation, working with our clinical team in the Emergency Department and General Medical Wards.

“This is an excellent opportunity for the junior doctors to gain valuable rural training experience, and we hope they form long lasting connections with the region.

The program has proved successful in other regions, with some trainees returning to work in the regions and encouraging others to pursue a career in rural health.

Southern Adelaide Local Health Network (SALHN) Regional Head of General Medicine, Dr Robert van den Berg, said the RMOs who are usually based at SALHN now have the chance to receive training in a regional environment.

“We are proud to be part of the rotation of junior doctors, to provide them with a broad range of experience across both metro and regional hospitals,” Dr van den Berg said.

“This is an exciting opportunity for our trainees, which builds on the rotation of General Physicians to South Coast District Hospital, as well as growing our regional and metro partnership.”

Lead physician at South Coast Hospital, Dr Maneesha Dedigama, said giving junior doctors the chance to work in a regional hospital will better support the health and wellbeing of all South Australians now and in the future.

“We are empowering the RMOs with the right tools so they can make the best decisions for their patients both at Victor Harbor and throughout their careers,” Dr Dedigama said.

“I have received a lot of positive feedback from my junior doctors so far and I look forward to supporting further training opportunities down the track.”