We warmly invite you to become a valued member of the healthcare team and our local community by completing your internship at Limestone Coast Local Health Network (LCLHN).
Here in the Limestone Coast, you will have the opportunity to get a broad experience across your core training in Emergency Medicine, General Medicine, and General Surgery. You will also have the opportunity to complete non-core rotations of Anaesthetics and/or General Practice. You will gain valuable experiences to improve your confidence and knowledge, you will also be able to challenge yourself in a supportive environment. 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.
Being a member of a smaller cohort of interns, you will have access to individual support from the Medical Education Team and you will also develop close working relationships with your junior and senior medical colleagues.
This internship will set you up well for future specialty training or a rural generalist career with the potential to continue your PGY2+ years in a rural setting.
Mount Gambier and Districts Health Service (MGDHS) is part of the Limestone Coast Local Health Network. We provide specialist-led acute services including accident and emergency, specialist surgical, obstetric, paediatric internal medicine, and anaesthetic services. Services also include 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
- 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 Inpatient 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:
- 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, and Program Administrator 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.
- Weekly Intern Tutorial Program:
- Tutorial attendance is protected and paid time for interns.
- Program developed in collaboration with interns and term supervisors delivered by local and visiting specialists covering core skill requirements.
- Junior doctors from Whyalla Hospital also link-in via video conference on an ad-hoc basis.
- Monthly Grand Rounds.
- Additional training workshops presented by local and visiting specialists.
- Clinical simulation scenario-based workshops conducted a minimum of 5 times per year.
- Time to attend session is paid and protected.
- Monthly wellbeing lunches together with other TMOs and MEU.
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 and General Practice. The General Practice terms are based in either Mt Gambier or the coastal towns of Kingston/Robe.
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) 2022. 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.
The Medical Education Unit are responsible for orientation, pastoral support, and coordination of the education program for junior doctors.
Interns are rostered to work weekdays and weekends, with no requirement for night shifts in the intern year.
SA Health Salaried Medical Officers Enterprise Agreement 2022 (PDF format) here
Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (Ahpra) registration standards here
Mount Gambier is the second most populated city in South Australia. It is located 17 kms from the Victorian border and lies approximately halfway between Adelaide and Melbourne making metropolitan adventures easily accessible.
Striking the ideal balance between the vibrant lifestyle of the big city and comforts of a small town. In the heart of the Limestone Coast surrounded by signature wine region boasting social experiences including cellar door, picnics, tours and multiple food and wine festivals throughout the year. Mount Gambier is the perfect base for exploration of the unique landscape and the natural beauty of our region– be it our iconic blue lake, our many caves, sinkholes, parks, and beaches. Mount Gambier offers opportunity for diverse recreational activities including diving, fishing, and water sports. For the elite or casual sporting enthusiast Mount Gambier also offers a strong team sport and athletic culture.
Mount Gambier Hospital is located approximately 3 kms from the city centre with free secure staff parking available onsite. It is easy to get around Mount Gambier, but a private transport is highly recommended in particular to attend GP rotations. The hospital has a café onsite with great coffee and food.
For information about the intern application process, please refer to the SA Health Careers website.
Last updated: March 2022