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SA job drive to boost public health system

Medical staff, including recent retirees, are being sought by the South Australian government, who has launched a recruitment drive to ensure the public health system can manage the increased demand surrounding COVID-19.

Doctors, pharmacists and assistants, physiotherapists, social workers and psychologists are being called on for seasonal, casual, fixed term and full time roles.

SA is also seeking additional occupational therapists, speech pathologists, podiatrists, dietitians, medical imaging professionals, medical scientists, and allied health assistants and laboratory technicians.

Health Minister Stephen Wade said recruiting extra health professionals would ensure hospitals, health sites, aged care facilities and COVID-19 clinics would have the skilled workforce required to manage the increased demand.

“By fast-tracking recruitment in key medical, allied and scientific health roles, we are increasing our capacity to meet COVID-19 demand while continuing to safeguard our most vulnerable patients during this challenging time,” he said.

SA Health chief Chris McGowan urged all health professionals who are not currently working in the public health system to apply, including recent retirees.

Those interested in applying should visit the SA Health careers website.

On Thursday only one new case of coronavirus was confirmed, bringing the state’s total to 421.

The state recorded its third death after a 76-year-old man died in the Royal Adelaide Hospital on Wednesday night.

His death followed a 62-year-old woman earlier the same day and a 75-year-old man on Monday.

Fifteen people remain hospitalised with six in intensive care and four of those critical.

Originally published as SA job drive to boost public health system

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