Intern scheme for private hospitals taking off

A $40 million scheme to divert Australian-trained foreign medical graduates to internships in private hospitals is gaining traction after a rocky start.

The scheme, intended to boost rural medicine while covering the shortfall in available places in public hospitals, has placed 81 interns this year, including 50 under the wing of Ramsay Health Care, Australia’s largest private hospital group.

"The system has been very successful," Dr Jim Houston, director of medical services at Ramsay’s