January Newsletter

Happy New Year from Bruny Island Medical! It has been a busy start to the year on island but we are very much enjoying getting to know everyone.

Intern program: Meet Tasmania’s New Generation of Doctors

Bruny Island Medical believes strongly in training the next generation of doctors, to ensure our communities are cared for with the best quality healthcare. We teach general practice skills to medical students and intern doctors in all of our practices.

You may see medical students and intern doctors accompanying your GP in the practice on Bruny Island in 2019. Our intern doctors come to us as part of our partnership with Ochre Health under the Rural Junior Doctor Training Innovation Fund.

The Rural Junior Doctor Training Innovation Fund is a medical internship program designed to recruit graduate doctors to work in rural and remote regions, which began in Tasmania in January 2018. Coordinated by Ochre Health, the program will place 1 intern per centre into 4 rural medical centres across Tasmania for a total placement period of 13 weeks.

How it works

During this time, interns will accompany a senior GP in the clinic, provide supervised consultations with patients, and generally get a broad exposure to the rigours of work as a rural GP.

How it Works

The rural primary care term will provide interns with hands-on patient experiences in multiple settings that will be beneficial to their careers, regardless of the future direction they will take.

Original article here.

For more information on the program, please click here.

Update on Meningococcal ACWY program

  • 90,000 Tasmanians meeting the eligible 6 weeks to 20 years of age criteria were immunised
  • We now have 94% of 15 year olds immunised for meningococcal ACWY
  • This number however drops off over the age of 16 with only 31% of 20 year olds protected
  • People aged 20 years are encouraged to be vaccinated against meningococcal ACWY, as once they reach 21 they are no longer funded by the Government and must pay for the vaccine
  • It is important to note that once we reach April 2019, eligibility for funded immunisations will only be for those aged up to 19 years old.

Immunisation for Hepatitis A for men who have sex with men (MSM)

In response to a national outbreak of Hepatitis A mostly affecting MSM, the Department of Health is funding a two course hepatitis A vaccine for Tasmanian MSM aged 16 to 19 years old.

The two vaccines should be given six months apart to provide the best protection.

Chicken and Corn Soup recipe

Serves 4


  • 2 x 200g skinless chicken breast fillets, trimmed of fat
  • 6 spring onions, thinly sliced
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • Pinch dried chilli flakes
  • Olive oil spray
  • 3 corn cobs, kernels removed
  • 4 cups reduced salt chicken stock
  • 420g can creamed corn
  • 2 teaspoons reduced salt soy sauce
  • Extra sliced spring onions, to serve
  • 250g dried egg noodles, optional


1. Place chicken in a deep pan. Cover with cold water. Bring to the boil over medium heat. Reduce the heat to low, then cover with a lid and simmer for 8 minutes. Remove the pan from heat and set aside for 15 minutes. Drain the chicken then shred into pieces.

2. Heat a saucepan over medium heat until hot and spray lightly with oil. Add the onions, garlic and chilli. Cook, stirring often for 5 minutes or until soft. Add the corn kernels and cook for 1 minute.

3. Pour in the stock and bring to the boil. Add the creamed corn, chicken and soy, cook 4-5 minutes until chicken is warmed through. Serve topped with extra spring onions if desired.

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