Coffs Harbour hosts GP training event - GP Synergy

Coffs Harbour hosts GP training event

Photo: Some of the GP Synergy North Coast team led by A/Prof Rashmi Sharma (centre).

Thirty-nine doctors training to specialise as GPs descended on the picturesque coastal town of Coffs Harbour last week to attend a general practice education workshop run by local training provider, GP Synergy.

Doctors training to be GPs attended from across the North Coast region, from Tweed Heads in the north to Laurietonin the south.

A wide variety of topics were covered over the two day event which, according to GP Synergy Director of Education and Training, Dr Graham Lee, reflects the broad knowledge and skill set GPs require.

“Over the course of their three to four years of GP training, these doctors will participate in a range of regional educational events and activities,” says Dr Lee.

“At this particular workshop, topics ranged from Aboriginal health to paediatrics to aged care and everything in between, demonstrating the diverse and holistic nature of rural general practice and the role GP’s play in providing continuity of care.”

The workshop was designed and delivered by the regional North Coast medical education team, comprising of local North Coast GPs who have a special interest and expertise in medical education.

“Led by A/Prof Rashmi Sharma, the North Coast medical education team is a mix of dedicated experienced and new North Coast medical educators who have local knowledge of the region and population health needs,” says Dr Lee.

“Having this local expertise and understanding of regional health issues is critical to ensuring GP trainees can acquire the skills and knowledge relevant to the area in which they are training.”

There are currently 127 doctors training with GP Synergy to specialise as GPs in local general practices and hospitals across the North Coast region.