His dedication to ensuring rural communities have the health services they need has seen him awarded the GP Synergy Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine Registrar of the Year. The annual award is presented to a GP registrar training in NSW and ACT who demonstrates commitment to rural and remote general practice.
As a procedural GP registrar Dr Ed Lee is training as a GP at Mudgee Medical Centre and in obstetrics at Mudgee District Hospital.
“When I started my training here in Mudgee I asked Dr Peter Roberts what the town needed, he said obstetrics, so I decided to study obstetrics.
“As an obstetrics GP I deliver babies. I’m able to provide antenatal care, I deliver the baby, provide neonatal care and go onto provide paediatric care.
“There is a great continuity of care that you can only get being a rural specialist GP,” Dr Lee said.
GP Synergy CEO, John Oldfield said that training GPs with specialised skills in areas such as obstetrics is one way that GP Synergy is working towards better meeting the needs of rural communities.
“Procedural GPs 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 a rural generalist career path,” Mr Oldfield said.
Having undertaken most of his GP training in Mudgee, Dr Lee and his wife have put down roots here, recently welcoming their third child.