Eighteen doctors nearing the end of their GP training in the New England/Northwest region were congratulated at a dinner held by local general practice training provider, GP Synergy, in Tamworth last Friday night.
One of these doctors was Dr Rebecca Mair (pictured).
Dr Mair started her medical training at Tamworth Hospital and has been living and working as a doctor in Tamworth (and surrounds) for the past 16 years.
She joined the GP training program with GP Synergy in 2011, training in general practices in Tamworth and Manilla.
She says strongly recommends a career in rural general practice, both for the lifestyle rural life offers and the breadth of clinical exposure.
“Rural life is simple and yet so full of opportunity – social and sporting, cultural and career, as well as great educational options for children,” she says.
“As a rural GP you are exposed to every type of Australian demographic and every area of medicine.
“This provides variety, and enriches the experience of coming to work each day!
“I find my career in rural medicine very rewarding,” Dr Mair says.
According to GP Synergy CEO, Mr John Oldfield, the future of primary healthcare for the region is looking bright with the number of GP registrars training in the Northwest sky-rocketing over the past five years.
“In 2009, the annual training program intake for this region was 10,” says Mr Oldfield. “Over the last five years this number has more than tripled to 31 in 2014, and we are expecting this number to grow to 37 for the 2015 program intake.”
Now she has completed her training, Rebecca plans to stay on working in Tamworth.
“To become a GP requires many years of medical training,” says Mr Oldfield. “We sincerely congratulate Rebecca and all registrars reaching the end of their training on this significant achievement.”
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