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Townsville Hospital and Health Service welcomes 70 intern doctors

12 January 2018

A total of 70 intern doctors will join the Townsville Hospital and Health Service next week, strengthening the medical ranks of regional hospitals and health services in Queensland.

Townsville Hospital and Health Board Chair Tony Mooney said he was thrilled to welcome the 70 new intern doctors to the Townsville Hospital and Health Service.

“Medicine is an incredibly rewarding field and it is a significant moment for them to begin their careers at North Queensland’s only tertiary referral hospital,” he said.

“These doctors will be provided an unparalleled experience which will benefit our local community and offer great opportunities for the young doctors.”

Dr Tim Boles is one of the 70-strong cohort and a Townsville local, completing his schooling at the Cathedral School and his medical degree at James Cook University.

“I finished grade 12 not really knowing what I wanted to do. I had a few siblings who went into medicine and seemed to enjoy their time so I followed their footsteps and I haven’t regretted it,” he said.

“I’m both nervous and excited to be starting work at the hospital.

“I’m looking forward to officially being part of a team which delivers quality care to a diverse range of patients. I also look forward to learning and improving as a junior doctor.

“My first rotation is with the Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs Service and Acute Mental Health, which will be a good experience.”

Joining Dr Boles is Dr Alexandra Kanowski who said it was the ability to apply science in a practical and hands-on manner that made her want to become a doctor.

“I did work experience with an anaesthetist at The Townsville Hospital in high school where I was privileged enough to observe some cardiac surgery which really opened my eyes to the exciting opportunities in a career in medicine,” she said.

“It’s exciting to finally be able to start providing care to patients after six years of preparation.”
Dr Kanowski said she would begin her time as an intern doctor at The Townsville Hospital in the endocrinology unit.

“I’m excited to learn new things and treat a different cohort of patients,” she said.

“I have heard lots of good things about the endocrinology team so I am looking forward to my intern year with them.”

Dr Kanowski said she hoped she would be able to re-visit anaesthetics in the future.

“While I don’t have a rotation in the department this year I know the variety of rotations will set me up with good foundations and a broad knowledge base for my work as a junior doctor,” she said.

Of the 70 intern doctors, 33 are local, transitioning from James Cook University in Townsville.

The remaining graduates have come from other Queensland universities such as Bond University, Griffith University and the University of Queensland and also from interstate universities.

Mr Mooney said the intern doctors would rotate around rural and remote facilities, including Palm Island, Charters Towers and Ingham, and community health services such as Kirwan and North Ward health campuses.

“This provides them with the opportunity to see first-hand the diversity of health in rural and remote communities and allow them to broaden their horizons as doctors,” he said.

Last updated: 30 January 2018