An interest in becoming a rural GP put Shoalhaven trainee GP Dr Lyndell Carter on the path to medical school and training in emergency medicine.
Dr Carter, who is currently training at the Callala Medical Centre, last night was named the 2018 recipient of the GP Synergy ACRRM Registrar of the Year Award at a ceremony in Wollongong hosted by general practice training provider GP Synergy.
The award recognises a GP registrar, training on the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine pathway who has demonstrated commitment to rural and remote general practice.
“After a few years training in emergency medicine, I decided to train with the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine as a GP with Advanced Specialised Training in Emergency Medicine.
“I like the idea of being able to work in both general practice and rural hospitals, as well as the opportunities general practice offers to be involved in public health, education and policy.
“During GP training I’ve enjoyed being part of a multidisciplinary team within the community, getting to know patients, and learning from my colleagues and fellow registrars.
“I love the diversity of the community in the Shoalhaven and the challenges this sometimes brings to health care,” Dr Carter said.
GP Synergy CEO, John Oldfield said that training GPs with specialised skills in areas such as emergency medicine is one way that GP Synergy is working towards better meeting the needs of rural communities.
“GPs with additional procedural skills play an important role in many smaller rural communities where hospitals do not have staff specialists, and procedural GPs service that healthcare gap.
“GP Synergy works closely with local health districts and other key stakeholders to develop procedural training posts, and support GP registrars to pursue that career path,” Mr Oldfield said.
Having undertaken most of her training in the Shoalhaven, Dr Carter is putting down roots here.
“When I finish training, I plan to stay in the Shoalhaven and continue working in general practice and emergency medicine, I also really want to become proficient at sea kayaking!” Dr Carter said.
Photographs from the event are available in our image gallery.