A program introduced during the pandemic to ease staffing shortages in NSW hospitals will now be made permanent, following an announcement by the state government on Sunday.
More than 1,000 part-time paid positions will be open to final-year student doctors at select universities in NSW and the ACT.
NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet said this would give doctors “more time to focus directly on patient care”.
The program allows students to work up to 32 hours per week at a hospital, and was found to give students extra preparation and confidence for stepping into future medical roles.
The NSW Government will now work with universities involved in the program over the next 12 months to form a permanent program for final-year students.