Dr Domonic Manassa made the move from the big smoke to train as a GP in Cooma in 2016; he liked it so much he and his wife bought a house and settled in the town.
I was working at Liverpool Hospital, and in my second year I decided it wasn’t for me; I didn’t like either the city life or the lack of patient continuity of care. I wanted to be involved in community-based health. I liked the breadth of experience gained in a rural setting while still working in a hospital setting, and Cooma offered that.
I was born and raised in Sydney. When I was young I moved to Cooma with my family – my family had a corner store in town in the early to mid-1990s. After that we moved back to Sydney.
Cooma is great, it’s very multicultural due to the Snowy Hydro Scheme, it’s a unique and very cohesive community.
We had a plan to be here for a year but we’ve enjoyed it so much, it’s such a good lifestyle.
My supervision during training was a really good experience. I was very well supported, I had two main supervisors and they were available pretty much 24/7, with lots of resources to back them up.
In fact, they would check up on me to make sure everything is OK. Even when I was busy, they might say I’ll see a couple of patients and help you out – so very supportive.
After a day’s worth of consulting they were very approachable, we were able to debrief and discuss interesting cases and methods of management.
I’m still in Cooma, working at The Bombala Street Surgery where I did most of my training, and loving it!
Dr Manassa appears in the winning entry in the 2020 GP Synergy rural video competition, you can watch the video about being a GP in Cooma here.