Dr Muhumad Zia, Dr Christopher Cowling, Dr Rebecca McBride and Director of the Anaesthesia Department at Bundaberg Hospital Dr Morne Terblanche are proud the department has received training accreditation. PHOTO: Submitted
Dr Muhumad Zia, Dr Christopher Cowling, Dr Rebecca McBride and Director of the Anaesthesia Department at Bundaberg Hospital Dr Morne Terblanche are proud the department has received training accreditation. PHOTO: Submitted

Medical trainees coming

IT will soon be easier for Bundaberg Hospital to attract high-quality doctors to the area after the Department of Anaesthesia received training accreditation for the first time.

“Sometimes it is difficult to attract doctors into regional Queensland, but it is through things such as accreditation that we can offer even greater work opportunities,” Northern Cluster executive director of medical services Tim Smart said.

As a result of obtaining Australia and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists training accreditation, the Bundaberg Hospital will be guaranteed three registrars on a six-month rotational basis.

Dr Smart said the accreditation would also provide positive flow-on effects such as increased staff stability, the ability to fill staff quota and a more highly trained body of medical staff within the Department of Anaesthetics.

The department had to provide a four-week workload survey detailing staffing, workloads at the hospital and the educational program provided as part of the accreditation process.

Orientation and teaching programs are being prepared for the trainees.

The first group of trainees are due to start this month.



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