Settling into a new town is a lot easier when you get a warm welcome.
On Thursday night, local general practice training provider GP Synergy, brought together nearly 30 local health professionals and community representatives, for a networking event to help new GP registrars get to know locals.
Mr John Oldfield, GP Synergy’s CEO welcomed guests, including registrars training in general practices from Yass to Mittagong and out to Crookwell.
“Six new doctors have moved to the Goulburn area this term, joining the 19 GP registrars who are already in the area in their later stages of training.
“Registrars train in local practices under the supervision of accredited local GPs, so they not only receive the best medical training, but also get a taste for living in the communities they train in.
“GP Synergy also provide assistance to registrars moving to rural locations to settle-in, and events like this are a good opportunity for the new doctors to meet locals who already recognise it’s a great place to work,” Mr Oldfield said.
One of the new doctors in town, Dr Lewis Donovan, has family in Sydney and the Snowy Mountains so finds Goulburn an ideal base.
“I have always loved this area and was keen to train here.
“The best aspect of GP training so far has been the opportunity to be there for people in difficult times in their lives; to be able to reassure and comfort people and help them navigate some of life’s biggest challenges is really rewarding.
“I definitely intend to practice in South Eastern NSW, I would be very happy to continue working in Goulburn in the future if it works out with family life,” Dr Donovan said.
There are currently more than 200 registrars undertaking GP training in 164 general practices and hospital facilities across South Eastern NSW.