Armidale: Prescribing the right medicine for doctor retention - GP Synergy

Armidale: Prescribing the right medicine for doctor retention

Last night, doctors training to become GPs were welcomed at a community networking event in the picturesque north-western NSW town of Armidale.

The event was hosted by local general practice training provider, GP Synergy, the New England Medicare Local, and Armidale Dumaresq Council to raise the profile amongst local community groups of the need to support doctors during their training.

More than 80 attended the event including GP registrars and other health professionals, as well as representatives from the University of New England, Armidale Hospital, local schools, community groups and general practices.

According to GP Synergy CEO, Mr John Oldfield, there are currently 42 GP registrars training in the New England/Northwest region, with five 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.”

“As the GP training program requires registrars to undertake their training across the New England/Northwest region, even a registrar who grew up in the area may need help settling into a new town,” said Mr Oldfield.

Based on data collected over the last seven years, Mr Oldfield said the retention rate of registrars staying on in the region after training was 51%. This included doctors who had previous ties with the region prior to training, as well as those that did not.

“Making registrars and their families feel welcome and supported in rural communities will enhance the likelihood of them staying and settling in the region for the longer term,” he said.

Further community networking events will be held across the region in Inverell and Moree in the coming weeks.

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L to R: GP Synergy CEO, Mr John Oldfield with Armidale Dumaresq Councillor, Mr Jim Maher
L to R: GP Synergy CEO, Mr John Oldfield with Armidale Dumaresq Councillor, Mr Jim Maher
L to R: GP Synergy GP registrars Drs David Ford, Yana Martynova, Yinn Aung and Deepak Ganapathy
L to R: GP Synergy GP registrars Drs David Ford, Yana Martynova, Yinn Aung and Deepak Ganapathy
GP Synergy CEO Mr John Oldfield addressing the group
GP Synergy CEO Mr John Oldfield addressing the group