We extend a warm invitation for you to join our healthcare team and local community in the Barossa Hills Fleurieu Local Health Network (BHFLHN).
BHF Collaborative for Education and Training (B-CET)
The Barossa Hills Fleurieu LHN offers a broad range of clinical experiences in hospitals and rural and remote primary care settings in the Barossa Valley, Gawler, Adelaide Hills, Mt Barker, Fleurieu Peninsula, Victor Harbor and Kangaroo Island.
You will be working as part of a small clinical team and in the process develop close working relationships with many of your colleagues and gain invaluable hands-on clinical experience in a supportive and teaching environment.
In line with our values, the working culture at BHFLHN embraces collaboration and all team members are highly valued for the skills and knowledge they are able to contribute to patient care.
The Barossa Hills Fleurieu LHN prevocational program has been developed to provide you with a great way to begin your career and provide the skills you will need to pursue whatever pathway you choose in future whether as a hospital-based specialist, general practitioner, rural generalist, or other area of medical practice.
Hospitals and health services in the Barossa Hills Fleurieu Local Health Network (BHFLHN) provide support and services to approximately 12% of the South Australian population, encompassing significant population growth in areas such as Mount Barker, Gawler and Victor Harbor. There is a mix of established, and purpose-built infrastructure, and in response to growing populations, there are many exciting ongoing service development projects in the region.
Our services, including 11 public hospitals, six aged care facilities and an extensive range of community- based services, are located across Mount Barker, Gawler, Victor Harbor (Southern Fleurieu), Strathalbyn, Kingscote, Mount Pleasant, Angaston, Tanunda, Gumeracha, Eudunda and Kapunda. BHFLHN delivers a range of clinical services, including:
The Rural and Remote Mental Health Service based in metropolitan Adelaide at Glenside, provides a state-wide mental health service through BHFLHN, with a team including psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, occupational therapists and mental health nurses. There are also specialist youth mental health clinicians, and access to specialist older persons mental health services is available. Co-located at some of our major sites are the following services:
- Jones Radiology
- SA Pathology
- SA Pharmacy
- Country Health Connect
- South Australian Dental Services
- Mental Health Services – inpatient, intermediate care, community-based care
- Drug and Alcohol Services
- Rehabilitation Service
- Renal Dialysis Service
- Aboriginal Health Services
The BHF Collaborative for Education and Training (B-CET) provides a wide variety of interdisciplinary training including fortnightly Skills and Simulation Workshops, weekly Tutorials and Case discussions and access to a library of online learning resources developed to assist prevocational training.
Interns are able to complete an “Elective” in an area of special interest and are supported to become skilled in Bedside Ultrasound through the B-CET scholarship program. The scholarship covers the costs associated with ASUM Accredited Ultrasound Training and is designed to enable interns to complete the postgraduate CCPU qualification.
PGY2+ trainees in BHFLHN will be able to obtain a wide range of clinical experience in general medicine, primary care, anaesthesia, and obstetrics. In addition, there are opportunities to focus on areas of special interest including paediatrics, mental health, women’s health, medical education, and research.
The BHFLHN is accredited for Diploma training in Emergency Medicine and Obstetrics and has an expanding number of specialist training positions providing rural clinical experience to trainees in tertiary based specialist training pathways.
For trainees wishing to pursue a career as a Rural Generalist or as a General Practitioner, the B-CET program enables them to complete all of their training from internship to advanced skills training through to Fellowship with the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) and Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM).
For each rotation there is a Term Supervisor who will orientate you when you begin and will be working alongside you during the rotation. Your Term Supervisor will provide feedback during the rotation and complete your mid and end-of-term formative assessments. You will also work with a range of other senior clinicians and consultants who will act as your clinical supervisors providing you with continuing support, supervision and teaching during the attachment.
The Medical Education Unit is responsible for orientation, pastoral support and coordination of the education program and interns are encouraged to discuss any issues or concerns. During the year, the DCT and MEO will meet with you receive your feedback on rotations and teaching program, explore any concerns you raise and discuss your career pathway.
All SA Health employees have access to the Employee Assistance Program as an additional source for confidential counselling and support.
Interns undertake 4 x 3 month rotations in Emergency Medicine, Medicine, General Practice and either Anaesthesia or Obstetrics/Gynaecology. Interns are rostered to work weekdays and weekends but are not rostered to do night shifts or take on the role of reliever.
Gifted with stunning coastlines, rolling hills, adventure, and culinary delights, the Barossa Hills Fleurieu Local Health Network encompasses the tourism regions of Barossa Valley, Adelaide Hills, Fleurieu Peninsula and Kangaroo Island.
Residents have access to a wide range of retail, hospitality, leisure and health care services ranging from larger service hubs within close reach of the CBD, including Mount Barker, through to more remote locations such as Kangaroo Island. Our Local Health Network is adjacent to metropolitan Adelaide, creating a balance of country and metropolitan lifestyle.
With an abundant variety of food, wine, nature and adventure, high and low rainfall, our regions offer a bit of everything. Barossa Hills Fleurieu Local Health Network is home to historic towns such as Strathalbyn, Gumeracha and Tanunda, in addition to some of the fastest growing areas in the state, including Gawler, Victor Harbor and Mount Barker.
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For information about the intern application process, please refer to the SA Health Careers website.
Last updated: March 2023