Ground-breaking health initiative

INTERNATIONAL INTEREST: Medical graduate Dr Alaina Iftikhar – from Pakistan – has started a 12-month training program at Mount Gambier Hospital. Picture: SANDRA MORELLO

A GROUND-BREAKING program providing on the ground training for international medical graduates is under way with the first recruit flowing onto the medical wards of Mount Gambier Hospital.

The hospital, along with its partner Flinders University, has been accredited by the Australian Medical Council to start a 12-month Workplace-Based Assessment (WBA) program for international medical graduates.

The program is seen as part of a multi-prong strategy to stabilise the hospital’s resident medical workforce and attract medical professionals to the region.

Pakistani medical graduate Dr Alaina Iftikhar has begun her 12 month placement, which has been described as a positive outcome by the region’s medical services director Dr Christopher Tan.

Dr Tan said

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