Armidale community welcomes GP registrars - GP Synergy

Armidale community welcomes GP registrars

GP Synergy GP registrars with GP Synergy CEO, Mr John Oldfield (centre)

Community groups came together at the Powerhouse Hotel on Thursday night to welcome GP registrars and other health professionals working and training in Armidale.

Hosted by local general practice training provider, GP Synergy, in collaboration with Armidale Council, more than 60 attended the event with representatives from Armidale Hospital, the University of New England, local schools, health services and general practices.

Local member, Adam Marshall MP was also amongst the guests, warmly welcoming the GP registrars and other health professionals to the area.

According to GP Synergy Chief Executive Officer, John Oldfield, the number of doctors being recruited to train as GPs in the region has increased rapidly over the past seven years.

GP Synergy CEO Mr John Oldfield with local member Adam Marshall MP

“In 2009 the annual intake of registrars into the New England/Northwest region was 10.  In 2015, this number more than tripled to 37 – the highest intake the region has experienced.

“GP registrars now make up nearly every two of ten GPs in the region, contributing enormously to the primary healthcare provision in local rural communities,” Mr Oldfield says.

There are currently 53 GP registrars training across the New England/Northwest with eight GP registrars training in Armidale. This includes a GP registrar undertaking procedural skills training in anaesthesia at Armidale Hospital.

Mr Oldfield said the community plays a significant role in helping retain these doctors in the region after they complete their training.

“The GP registrar cohort is very diverse, with registrars coming from a range of backgrounds and different levels of familiarity with the region.

“Experience has taught us that making registrars and their families feel welcome and supported in rural communities can enhance the likelihood of them staying and settling in the region for the longer term,” he says.

Additional networking events are being held across the region in the coming weeks.

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