We invite you to complete your internship at Limestone Coast Local Health Network (LCLHN). We will provide you with broad experiences across diverse clinical areas including emergency medicine, general medicine, and general surgery. You will have opportunities to challenge yourself and to gain valuable experience with hands-on procedural skills. You will have access to learning opportunities including the weekly junior doctor tutorial program, simulation sessions, Journal Club and Grand Rounds. Being a member of a smaller cohort of interns, you will have access to significant individual support from the Medical Education Team and you will also develop close working relationships with your junior and senior medical colleagues. The working culture at LCLHN embraces team work and all team members are highly valued for the skills and knowledge they are able to contribute to patient care.
We warmly invite you to become a valued member of the healthcare team in addition to the local community in Mount Gambier. This internship will set you up well for a rural generalist career or other specialty training with the potential to continue your PGY2+ years in a rural setting.
Limestone Coast residents have access to a wide range of health care services in a number of locations throughout the region. Mount Gambier and Districts Health Service (MGDHS) is part of the Limestone Coast Local Health Network. We provide acute services including specialist surgical, obstetric, paediatric and anaesthetic services delivered by medical consultants. Services also include accident and emergency care, day and in-patient surgery, mental health services including an in-patient unit, Aboriginal health and community health.
MGDHS is the major regional health provider for the lower, mid and upper South East regions with other facilities located nearby in Bordertown, Keith, Kingston, Lucindale, Millicent, Naracoorte and Penola. The catchment area also extends across the border into Western Victoria.
MGDHS services and facilities include:
- Emergency Department including two resuscitation rooms, fast track treatment areas, multiple treatment bays, negative pressure isolation room and a separate paediatric area.
- 37 bed Medical Unit including rehabilitation beds
- 27 bed Surgical Unit
- 14 bed Level 4 Maternity Unit with 3 birthing suites
- 2 cot Level 4 neonatal nursery
- 6 bed Paediatric Unit
- 6 bed High Dependency Unit
- 6 bed Mental Health in-patient Unit
- 11 Day Surgery Chairs
- 4 Operating Theatres
- 6 chair Chemotherapy Unit
- 6 chair Renal Dialysis Unit
- 12 room outpatient Consulting Suite
- 2 out-patient procedures rooms
- Pre-Admission Clinics
Co-located at the Hospital site are the following services:
- Mount Gambier Private Hospital 17 bed facility
- Benson Radiology
- SA Pathology
- SA Pharmacy
- Country Health Connect
- South Australian Dental Services
- South East Mental Health Services – inpatient, intermediate care, community based care
- Drug and Alcohol Services
- Rehabilitation Service
- Renal Dialysis Service
- Aboriginal Health Services
The Director of Clinical Training, Medical Education Officer, Program Administrator and Administration Assistant make up the Medical Education Team and are located in the purpose built Flinders University Rural Health SA (FURHSA) campus, situated adjacent to the hospital.
The Medical Education Unit provide a comprehensive educational program addressing the requirements of the Australian Curriculum Framework for Junior Doctors (ACFJD). Formal teaching sessions include:
- A five-day orientation to the hospital and to FURHSA prior to the commencement of the internship.
- An Intern Tutorial Program – held weekly. Tutorial attendance is protected and paid time for interns. This program has been developed in collaboration with interns and term supervisors and is delivered by local and visiting specialists covering core skills requirements. Junior doctors from Whyalla Hospital also link-in via video conference on an ad-hoc basis.
- A Journal Club held fortnightly involving a mixed vertically integrated small group learning environment.
- Monthly Grand Rounds and other training workshops presented by local and visiting specialists.
- Clinical simulation scenario-based workshops conducted a minimum of 5 times per year. Interns have paid and protected time to attend.
In addition, there are regular teaching rounds for interns and opportunities for case presentations. There is access to online resources at both MGDHS and FURHSA.
There is a nominated supervisor for each rotation who will meet with junior doctors individually to provide feedback and conduct mid and end-of-term formative assessments. Supervisors are encouraged to give regular feedback to their junior doctors on a day-to-day basis and are given training and support to do this.
The Medical Education Unit have an open door policy where junior doctors are encouraged to drop in to discuss any issues or concerns. The DCT and MEO also arrange confidential appraisals that are held in the middle of each rotation as a formal opportunity to ask for advice/support, highlight any concerns, discuss career pathways, and provide feedback about the training program.
All SA Health employees have access to the Employee Assistance Program as an additional source for confidential counselling and support. Contact information is available on the SA MET website.
Doctors’ Health SA is a not-for-profit, independent and profession-controlled organisation dedicated to improving the health of doctors and medical students for the good of the community.
MGDHS has accredited terms for interns in General Surgery, General Medicine, Emergency Medicine and non-core rotations may include Anaesthetics, General Practice and Relieving. The General Practice terms are based in either Mt Gambier or Loxton.
When allocating rotations, intern rotation preferences and annual leave requests will be taken into consideration along with the number of available positions and the service requirements of the hospital. Every effort is made to ensure that rotations reflect the intern’s preferences, interest and career direction. The MGDHS Medical Administration team are responsible for rostering and ensuring that trainees are rostered in line with the SA Health Salaried Medical Officers Enterprise Agreement (SMOEA) 2017.
The Medical Education Unit are responsible for orientation, pastoral support and coordination of the education program for junior doctors.
Interns are rostered to work 8 hour shifts including weekends, with no requirement for night shifts in the intern year. Leave requests are made to the Medical Administration team at MGDHS and interns are encouraged to plan their leave as early as possible in the year.
SA Health Salaried Medical Officers Enterprise Agreement 2017 here
Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (Ahpra) registration standards here
Mount Gambier Hospital is located approximately 3 kms from the city centre with free secure staff parking available onsite. Some type of private transport is highly recommended as the city is spread over quite a large area. Most locations are only 3–8 minutes away by car, 10–15 by bicycle. There is a limited public transport system (bus) which runs primarily between 9am and 5pm Monday to Friday. The hospital has a café onsite with great coffee and food – the ideal place to catch up with some of the other health professionals onsite.
Mount Gambier is the second most populated city in South Australia with an estimated population of 28,600. It is located 17 kms from the Victorian border and about 450 kms from both Adelaide and Melbourne. Mount Gambier strikes the ideal balance between the vibrant lifestyle of big city and comforts of a small town, between cultural progress and tradition, and between modern conveniences and the preservation of natural beauty – be it our iconic blue lake, or our many caves, sinkholes and parks.
For information about the intern application process please refer to the SA Health Careers website.