14 November 2022

Pharmacy interns head bush in regional recruitment drive

Monday, 14 November 2022
  • Record year for regional pharmacy internship program
  • Program aims to attract, train and retain specialist pharmacists in country WA
  • Part of the McGowan Government's work to recruit healthcare professionals

As part of the McGowan Government's commitment to attracting and retaining healthcare professionals across the health system, a record number of intern pharmacists will deploy to remote and regional areas under the WA Country Health Service's pharmacy internship program.


Focused on growing the next generation of pharmacists, the program offers university graduates the opportunity to undertake specialist training and development in hospitals and health services around the State.


Pharmacy graduates will be able to complete their internships in community retail or hospital settings - marking a significant investment in the ongoing growth and sustainability of the hospital pharmacy workforce.


The one-year program is specially designed to equip pharmacy graduates with the required skills and experience to register as a pharmacist.


Nine graduates will deploy to country WA in January 2023 and are being further supported through accommodation subsidies, travel allowances and equipment.


Comments attributed to Health Minister Amber-Jade Sanderson:


"This is just one of the many ways we are working to attract and retain healthcare professionals across the health system.


"It is hoped this program will drive graduates to consider a long-term career in country WA.


"In return, country communities will benefit from great access to regional pharmacists in both hospital and community settings.


"Pharmacists are a vital part of the healthcare system and it's important we do all that we can to support new graduates considering a career in the health system."