According to Mr John Oldfield, Chief Executive Officer of local general practice training provider – GP Synergy, 27 GP registrars have trained at the Aboriginal Medical Service (AMS) over this period.
“GP registrars are fully qualified doctors who have decided to specialise in general practice,” explains Mr Oldfield.
“As part of their training to become a GP they can spend time working in an AMS.
“These places are highly sought after by registrars who see them as a valuable opportunity to improve their skills in Aboriginal health, at the same time help close the healthcare gap between indigenous and non-indigenous communities,” says Mr Oldfield.
Tharawal AMS Chief Executive Officer, Darryl C. Wright, says the benefits of being involved in GP training flow both ways.
“GP registrars make important contributions to improving the health of the local Aboriginal community in Campbelltown and surrounding areas.
“They help improve waiting times, increase the number of patients that can see a GP, and assist in developing local health initiatives.”
Mr Wright says the strong working relationship between Tharawal AMS and GP Synergy has been a vital part of their success.
“We work closely with GP Synergy to develop their GP registrar and supervisor Aboriginal health programs,” says Mr Wright. “This ensures GP registrars receive up-to-date and relevant training, and new opportunities to improve healthcare to Aboriginal communities can be explored.”
One of the several GP registrars currently training at Tharawal AMS is Dr Anne Murphy. She has enjoyed working there so much she has returned three times during her training.
“Working at Tharawal AMS is a total treat. It is a happy place, filled with friendly, welcoming staff including a vast array of on-site specialists, allied health staff, Aboriginal health workers and GPs.
“Being able to train at an AMS like Tharawal is a unique opportunity to learn, at the same time make a difference to one of Australia’s most important health challenges,” she says.
Dr Michael Bonning, another GP registrar who has trained at the AMS agrees.
“The opportunity to train at an AMS has been career defining.
“Training at Tharawal AMS is a collaborative process where GP supervisors like Dr Tim Senior, work closely with registrars to hone their reflective skills and together develop innovative ideas for healthcare delivery,” he says.