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MORE THAN 1,000 health workers will kickstart their career on the frontline, bolstering Queensland’s strong health workforce.

834 medical interns will be deployed across 20 Queensland facilities over the next month – the largest intake of junior doctors in Queensland’s history.

A further 200 ambulance operatives will also join them on the frontline in a further boost to better, more accessible health services, right across the state.

A group of 44 intern doctors have joined the Mackay Hospital and Health Service (HHS), providing a boost to the medical team serving the region.

The intern group includes 37 doctors, who are joining the team at Mackay Base Hospital, including five at Proserpine Hospital and two at Bowen Hospital.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk welcomed the new recruits.

“My government is committed to supporting good jobs right here in Queensland,” the Premier said.

“The expertise and energy of these junior doctors will be of big benefit to the communities they will service, and boost accessibility to healthcare in rural, regional, and metropolitan hospitals.

“The 200 new paramedics and emergency medical dispatchers will also make a big difference in communities far and wide, as demand for these lifesaving services continues to grow. 

“To the more than 1,000 new frontline health workers, welcome to the team. There’s no better place than Queensland to kick start your career.”

A Queensland Ambulance Service spokesperson said that, once the new recruits had completed their training, they would then be allocated to specific regions in Queensland.

Of the 3,000 (approximately) triple zero calls received daily by Queensland Ambulance Service, approximately 1,400 calls require an emergency lights and sirens response for an immediate or imminent life-threatening condition.

More than 1,128,000 triple zero calls were made last year, which is a 10 per cent increase compared to the previous year.

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