Wednesday February 15, 2023

Eastern Health has been welcoming waves of new staff from the beginning of the new year.

January saw 70 new interns start their medical careers, getting hands-on experience across the health service.

They were followed by 296 new the Junior Medical Staff (JMS) in February, joining our existing cohort of 571.

Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Dr Humsha Naidoo is looking forward to seeing the new JMS’s flourish as they continue learning and improving on their skills.

“Our junior doctors are an integral part of our multidisciplinary teams at Eastern Health. They are a valuable asset to our health service and contribute significantly to the delivery of safe and high quality care for our communities in the eastern region.

“They are involved mainly in ward rounds with our senior medical staff; clinical handovers; completing discharge summaries and ordering diagnostic tests as required by the senior specialists,” she said.

A total of 68 new Hospital Medical Officers (HMO) and 102 new registrars also joined the Eastern Health ranks, embarking on their journey to develop an understanding of their role in multidisciplinary health care.

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Allied Health graduates have started paving their way across the Mental Health & Wellbeing program, with successful appointments of 28 positions including; 11 occupational therapy graduates, ten social work graduates and seven clinical psychology registrars.

Associate Program Director Allied Health & Adult Rehabilitation, Mental Health & Wellbeing Program, Emma Beer and her team have been working behind the scenes, collaborating with clinical teams to establish strong working relationships to support new learners.

“Our allied health teams will facilitate support for a high level of consumer care with a focus on innovation, improvement, workforce development and implementation of the recommendations from the Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System,” she said.

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Eastern Health has commenced 104 new graduate nurses so far in 2023 across our sites, with a total of 215 to be scattered throughout the year.

These graduates are provided the opportunity to work in different clinical areas including; medical, surgical, aged medicine, community, mental health, midwifery, and speciality medicine, allowing them to expand their skill set, as well as grow in confidence along the way.

Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer, Professor Leanne Boyd is keen to see what the new recruits can bring to the table.

“Graduate nurses and midwives are vital for Eastern Health as they bring new energy and ideas into our culture and provide some relief for our nurses and midwives who have been working in the current challenging environment. These nurses are a vital part of our future, so investment into supporting and enabling them is important,” she said.

New nurses have joined Eastern Health Images: Eastern Health