Feeling welcome when you move to a new town, can make all the difference.
On Tuesday night, local general practice training provider GP Synergy, brought together more than 40 local health professionals and special guests including Broken Hill City Deputy Mayor Councillor Marion Browne, for a networking event to help new GP registrars settle into town.
Mrs Georgina van de Water, GP Synergy’s Deputy CEO welcomed guests, including the 14 GP registrars training in Broken Hill.
“Five doctors have moved to Broken Hill this term, joining the nine doctors who are in the later stages of training to specialise as GPs; all are training under the supervision of local GPs.
“GP Synergy is committed to supporting registrars and their supervisors to ensure that the GPs starting their careers receive the best medical training.
“We also provide assistance to registrars moving to rural locations to settle in, and this event is a good opportunity for the new doctors to meet locals working across the health spectrum, in charities, local schools and childcare,” Mrs van de Water said.
One of the new doctors in town, Dr Rachana Deshpande, has moved to Broken Hill with her husband who is also an aspiring GP.
“We chose to train in Broken Hill because we wanted to experience country life, be part of a community and get to know our patients well, rural medicine is also more interesting and challenging.
“Apart from learning so many new things daily, the best part of training in here is the lifestyle, we’ve been exploring Broken Hill and the many interesting places around town in our free time,” Dr Deshpande said.
There are currently more than 100 general practices and hospital facilities across Western NSW hosting 136 registrars who are undertaking their GP training.