After five years with limited accreditation, Shellharbour Hospital has regained full status as a teaching hospital.
The Royal Australasian College of Physicians withdrew the hospital's accreditation after a site visit in May 2007, citing the lack of support given to trainees.
However the college recently re-accredited the hospital for the next five years, meaning it will be able to employ and teach more trainee specialist doctors.
"The hospital was de-accredited five years ago because there wasn't enough active teaching for junior doctors and then it gained limited accreditation two years later," the hospital's director of physician training Andrew Jones said.
"We've overcome any concerns due to increased staff numbers and a greater focus on teaching, and we're happy to gain back the accreditation."
Dr Jones said the training benefitted the wider community.
"It means the hospital is able to continue to attract high quality doctors who can continue to get their training locally and not have to move to Sydney or interstate for it," he said. "From a patient perspective, it means better access to high quality doctors."
The NSW Health Education and Training Institute has also awarded the hospital a three-year teaching accreditation for its junior medical officers program.