Individuals allocated to Southern Adelaide Local Health Network (SALHN) can expect to receive a robust, engaging and well supported internship experience across a broad range of specialties. SALHN prides itself on a culture that strives to achieve best practice in medical education and offers an outstanding and diverse training program with a focus on staff wellbeing.
Flinders Medical Centre (FMC) is an acute tertiary hospital with 606 beds. Noarlunga Hospital is located 17km south of FMC and has 90 beds. Interns have the option to rotate to Jamie Larcombe Centre (JLC) at Glenside Hospital for their Psychiatry rotation. JLC has been purpose built with 24 beds and is located 14km north east of FMC.
All interns receive a comprehensive orientation and induction program at the commencement of their internship, and are supported in their educational program by a medical education team comprised of the Executive Director of Medical Services (EDMS), Director of Clinical Training (DCT), Deputy DCT, Medical Education Registrars and Medical Education Officers (MEOs).
Trainees receive a balanced educational program aligned to the Australian Curriculum Framework for Junior Doctors (ACFJD) and welfare needs. The weekly intern tutorials provide a broad, clinically focused program tailored to the learning requirements of junior doctors. The clinical simulation program runs weekly and interns are offered four workshops which are facilitated by an ED Consultant and Medical Education Registrar. Both tutorials and simulation sessions are protected teaching time for interns. Interns are also invited to attend the PGY2+ education program that provides an allocated discipline tutorial and skill program once a month. For interns who have an interest in General Practice, SALHN has strong established networks with agencies to provide regular general practice tutorials that cover a diverse range of topics. They are most informative for prevocational trainees interested in pursuing this career path. Grand rounds are held weekly throughout the year and offer junior doctors the opportunity to attend and extend their clinical and theoretical knowledge.
Interns within SALHN are well supported throughout internship. Trainee Medical Officer Unit (TMOU) staff are available to assist trainees at any point, and the medical education team can offer personal and clinical leadership and guidance to support the intern through the year. Throughout internship, trainees are supervised both in and out of hours by senior members of each rotation. The team provides clinical, educational and pastoral support to the junior members of the team. Interns are encouraged to discuss any concerns within their team as well as seeking assistance from the Medical Education Unit. They are also encouraged to have their own GP as an additional source of support. All junior doctors are informed of the Employees Assistance Program as an additional source for confidential counselling and support.
SALHN takes into consideration preferences for rotations including leave preferences, as well as the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (Ahpra) and South Australian Medical Education and Training (SA MET) requirements to ensure all trainees receive a balanced education program and fulfil the requirements for General Registration. For rotations that are highly sought after, for example paediatrics, applicants are contacted after they have submitted their preferences to SA MET to provide an expression of interest in support of their rotation request. Applicants for this rotation will be selected by the Paediatric Term Supervisor. Rotations within SALHN are spread across all sites including Flinders Medical Centre (FMC), Noarlunga Hospital (NH) and the Jamie Larcombe Centre (JLC). New GP/ED rotations are also available in rural areas including Southern Fleurieu Health Service, Mount Barker, Murray Bridge, Mannum and Angaston. Trainees may be expected to complete a service term of nights or relieving.
Rotations available at SALHN include:
- Acute Medical Unit
- Cardio-Thoracic Surgery
- Colorectal Surgery
- General and Gastro Intestinal Surgery
- General Internal Medicine
- Geriatric Evaluation and Management (GEM)
- Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary Surgery
- Infectious Diseases and Dermatology
- Medical Nights
- Obstetrics and Gynaecology
- Oesphago-Gastric Surgery
- Older Persons Assessment and ED Liaison (OPAL)
- Plastic Surgery
- Rural General Practice/Emergency
- Surgical Nights
- Vascular Surgery
All medical officers are paid for the hours worked. Interns are allocated three weeks annual leave with two weeks taken in the ED rotation and the other taken in their non-core term. Interns are asked to preference leave, and allocations are made based on this information. All leave is tracked to ensure that interns meet 47 weeks of training and core training requirements. Consideration is given to requests for special leave.
FMC, NH and JLC are accessible via car, bus and taxi services. NH is accessible via train, as is FMC with the new Flinders Railway line (an extension of the Tonsley line) now complete with new stations at Flinders and Tonsley. All sites have adequate car parking for staff and have security to assist staff to their car at night if required. Interns must have a car and a valid licence for rural rotations. SALHN is easily accessible via the southern freeway and the renowned southern vales wineries. Victor Harbor and Kangaroo Island are close by for day trips or longer stays.
For information about the intern application process please refer to the SA Health Careers website.