Jeffrey Sia – New South Wales

Jeffrey Sia – New South Wales

I am a final year medical student from the University of Newcastle. It feels strange having to pack up 5 years of my life into boxes, without an internship offer in Australia, I’m basically preparing to go wherever my life takes me next year.

Some friends asked me if I were back in high school right now and had known about the internship crisis, would I still have spent hundreds and thousands in university fees to come to Australia to study. The immediate response that comes to my mind would be “No”. However, reflecting back the past 5 years of my life, I have had an amazing time. I’ve tried to surf, learnt how to snowboard and ski, walked several trails in Australia including the very popular Overland Track in Tasmania, learnt how to rock climb and helped some very nice Australians in the hospitals. Most importantly, I’ve built some very strong friendships in my time here. It has been an awesome 5 years, lets hope I get to spend many more awesome years in Australia ahead.

I am sure you are aware of the waiting times in emergency departments, waiting lists for specialist and GP appointments. How can the situation get any better if Australia turns away their own graduates? Use us international students as part of the solution for the future of Australia’s healthcare system.

Jeffrey is still waiting to hear if he will get an internship. If you want to help him, please support the #interncrisis campaign.Take Action

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