Boost in GP registrar numbers for Moree - GP Synergy

Boost in GP registrar numbers for Moree

Callum_Hosp_1Six GP registrars will be training in practices across Moree over the next six months, including three existing GP registrars who have decided to stay and continue their GP training in town and three new GP registrars.

According to Mr John Oldfield, CEO of local general practice training provider, GP Synergy, this is the largest number of GP registrars ever to train in Moree at the one time.

“The number of doctors training to become GPs in the New England/Northwest has grown considerably over the past five years,” says Mr Oldfield. “In 2009, the annual intake was 10. In 2014, this number more than tripled to 31 and is expected to grow.”

One of the new GP registrars training coming into town is Dr Callum Fealy – a GP registrar with skills in Anaesthesia.

A country boy who grew up on a farm in southern NSW, Callum knows only too well the difficulties rural communities can face in accessing health care, and says it was his desire for basic procedural services to be delivered to country people that drove his decision to become a rural procedural GP.

“It is a terrible shame to see our rural population missing out on adequate health care because of a shortage in health staffing in the country,” says Callum.

“It’s important to have GPs trained in additional skills like anaesthetics so that people who are otherwise well and need simple important surgery such as a caesarean section or a hernia repair are able to have this done close to home, rather than traveling hundreds of kilometres away from family and other social supports.

“I’m really looking forward to further developing my skills in rural medicine and becoming part of a friendly smaller community again.”

Callum will join other new GP registrars, Drs Gaylene Kennedy and Soe Aung, at Associate Medical Practice, along with Dr Ivana Lu who is continuing her GP training at the practice.

It’s good news elsewhere in town too, with Dr Hamze Hamze continuing his training at Balo Street Medical Centre and Dr Pavritha Akmeemana staying on at the Pius X Aboriginal Medical Service.

Mr Oldfield says the type of professional and social support provided to GP registrars during their training can have a significant impact on their decision to remain in a particular area.

“GP Synergy provides significant support to GP registrars during their rural GP training, however the type of support they often need has to come from the ground up,” he says. “The fact that many registrars are choosing to stay in Moree is a credit to the support provided by local GP supervisors and the community.”


Photograph: Dr Callum Fealy, one of six GP registrars training in Moree

High resolution image available on request.