Bendigo Health's new junior doctors commence training at the Bendigo Hospital

READY FOR PATIENTS: Bendigo Health chief medical officer Dr Humsha Naidoo with all of the new junior doctors. Picture: NONI HYETT
READY FOR PATIENTS: Bendigo Health chief medical officer Dr Humsha Naidoo with all of the new junior doctors. Picture: NONI HYETT

Bendigo Health has greeted its 40 new junior doctors that will commence their 12 month orientation this week at the Bendigo Hospital.

Bendigo Health chief medical officer Dr Humsha Naidoo said it was great to see graduates of the medical industry choosing to advance their training in Bendigo.

“Working as a junior doctor can be very rewarding. The internship provides new doctors with an opportunity to further develop their skills in a supported environment,” Dr Naidoo said.

“Bendigo Health offers a comprehensive intern program in the areas of general medicine, general surgery, emergency, renal, oncology, orthopaedics, cardiology, psychiatry, general practice, rehabilitation, geriatric medicine and urology.”

Junior doctor Bron Brown said she worked hard as a local paramedic in Bendigo for 10 years before commencing medical studies.

“Coming back to work in the Bendigo community is very special and important, looking after local families and communities, the people that I’ve known for years. It’s really special,” Dr Brown said.

Dr Brown said she is intent on providing “really good care to people in the community making sure they receive the best care possible”. 

Junior doctor Tom Ponsonby said he grew up in Hobart, studied medicine at Monash University in Gippsland and Melbourne, and has now arrived in Bendigo to complete his internship.

“It’s been a long journey to get through medical school, it’s really exciting to be starting work,” Dr Ponsonby said.

Dr Ponsonby said he would like to focus on working as a general practitioner in regional environments because of his experience studying in a rural setting.

“I saw how rewarding it is for the doctors and how big of a difference it makes for the patients.”

JUNIOR DOCTORS: Dr Bridget Pianta, Dr Tom Ponsonby and Dr Bron Brown. Picture: NONI HYETT

JUNIOR DOCTORS: Dr Bridget Pianta, Dr Tom Ponsonby and Dr Bron Brown. Picture: NONI HYETT

Junior doctor Bridget Pianta said she chose medicine for a diverse internationally recognised career where she will able to feel fulfilled working within rural communities.

“I came into medicine thinking I would become a rural general practitioner and that’s still my intention,” Dr Pianta said.

“I would also like to work with indigenous Australians as a locum, regularly to the same community, to be able to deliver them care.”

Dr Naidoo said the world class hospital is a fantastic facility for doctors to undertake training.

“This is good news for Bendigo Health and residents living in the Loddon Mallee region. Interns who are training with us are also choosing to continue to live and work here in Bendigo and throughout the Loddon Mallee region,” Dr Naidoo said.