Australia's largest non-government provider group of health and aged care services has warmly welcomed the Commonwealth's announcement today that it intends to further utilise the expertise in Catholic hospitals to train the doctors of tomorrow through medical internship placements in another three of those facilities.
Health Minister Peter Dutton, speaking at the Mater Hospital in Townsville this morning, announced the new Commonwealth Medical Internship (CMI) initiative. The program provides $40 million over the next four years to fund internships in regional areas for international full-fee-paying medical graduates who have completed their medical studies in Australia.
In late 2013, Catholic Health Australia launched Pathways, a new initiative that will help Catholic health and aged care organisations remain true to their Catholic mission and identity. The work is being overseen by the Pathways Taskforce, established last year following the CHA "Stewards of the Mission" governance conference. Click here for more on Pathways and the Taskforce or click on the link below to visit the dedicated Pathways website. Click here to watch an introductory video for the Taskforce and Pathways. Members are currently providing feedback on their priorities for the Taskforce's next body of work.
CHA MEMBER BRIEFINGS
CEO Martin Laverty will conduct five CHA member briefings in May. Topics to be covered include the Federal Budget, the National Commission of Audit, the abolition of the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission, the five-year Aged Care Agreement and an update on the Pathways project, launched last year to help Catholic services maintain their identity and fidelity to the mission of Catholic health and aged care. The free briefings will be held in Sydney, Perth, Adelaide, Brisbane and Melbourne in the second half of May. Click here to register.
The Mission Discernment Resource draws upon Scripture, Catholic Social Teaching and Catholic Tradition to assist Catholic health and aged care services in decision-making processes.