Austin Health is the major provider of tertiary health services, health professional education and research in the north-east of Melbourne. Austin Health is world renowned for its research and specialist work in cancer; liver transplantation; spinal cord injuries; neurology; endocrinology; mental health; and rehabilitation. Austin Health comprises the Austin Hospital, the Heidelberg Repatriation Hospital and the Royal Talbot Rehabilitation Centre. During 2014-15, Austin Health completed 98,539 inpatient admissions,186,096 outpatient admissions and 79,323 emergency attendances.
Austin Health prides itself on providing high quality patient care to a diverse multicultural population, a significant veteran community, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people along with its local, rural and interstate communities. We provide an extensive range of medical, surgical and mental health services, a comprehensive range of specialist outpatient services and significant outreach services. Many state-wide services are located at Austin Health, including the Victorian Liver Transplant Service, the Victorian Respiratory Support Service, the Victorian Spinal Cord Service and the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service. These services not only attract patients state-wide but also include those who travel from interstate to utilise the expert knowledge and facilities.
In 2016, Austin Health had an overall intake of 60 interns. As in past years, all of these interns are based at Austin Health and will spend at least four of their five rotations at the Austin Health site. There is also the opportunity for a number of interns to rotate to a rural hospital for one of their five rotations. Whilst Austin Health interns no longer rotate to Northern Health, those who continue past internship in the medical stream from PGY2 onwards still have the same great opportunity to rotate to Northern Health, Bendigo Healthcare, Horsham Hospital and Echuca Regional Healthcare, providing a varied and valuable experience for their ongoing medical training needs.
Commencing in 2016, those PGY2's wanting a career in surgery or in the general stream have been recruited independently of Northern Health. Opportunities to experience rural medicine are also available to our PGY2 level doctors in the general stream with opportunities at Echuca Regional Healthcare continuing in 2017.
Austin Health provides exceptional support to all its junior medical staff. This is particularly evident at the intern level with protected training time each week to attend the intern training sessions which are conducted through the Clinical Education Unit. The Clinical Education Unit is a first for Victorian Teaching Hospitals, integrating the learning and teaching environments for all types of staff involved in providing patient care. This integration is expected to lead to better teamwork in the actual work environment and to better outcomes for patients.
The rotations on offer at Austin Health for interns meet all the core requirements for intern training, as well as some unique and popular non-core opportunities. These include rotations in stroke medicine, endocrinology and rheumatology, cardiac surgery, ENT/Head and Neck Surgery, Orthopaedics, Urology, the Liver Transplant Unit and Radiology. All of these rotations provide valuable experience into the work life of some popular specialties, and have assisted in helping clarify career pathways for many of our interns.
The number of intern positions for the 2017 intake of Austin Health interns is expected to remain at 60, unless additional positions are made available through the Department of Health. If additional positions are made available, the website will be updated to reflect this information.
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