Wanting to inspire medical students and young doctors to go into a career in rural general practice, Dr Ashvini Munindradasa of Murrumbateman Health Hub has won the creative merit award in the 2022 GP Synergy Rural General Practice Video Competition.
The three-minute animated video depicts Dr Munindradasa’s experience of becoming a rural GP in Murrumbateman.
“I’ve been in Murrumbateman since February 2020, just before COVID-19 lockdowns, and during that time I’ve completed my specialist training.
“I had applied to a few practices for my GP training, but I had a good feeling about Murrumbateman, so I accepted the offer as soon as I was offered it.
“Being a GP in Murrumbateman, I love that I can say that I look after four generations of a family, I think that’s what separates general practice from the other medical specialities.
“General practice provides the opportunity to develop a long-term relationship with patients which was something that I really missed in the hospital system, also the variety of medicine that you see means that you’re never bored.
“I was motivated to enter the video competition because rural medicine, general practice or otherwise, can be an under-rated option and I wanted to show some of the benefits.
“I’m very excited to have won the creative merit award, especially given that I didn’t think that my stick figure drawings would deserve creative merit!” Dr Munindradasa said.
Cameron Wilson, CEO of NSW and ACT GP training organisation, GP Synergy, congratulated Dr Munindradasa on her video.
“We are delighted at the number of entries we received highlighting the benefits of a career in general practice across rural NSW,” Mr Wilson said.
“The passion that doctors and practice staff have for their communities and providing them with the best care is clear.
“The videos highlight the professional, personal and community rewards that rural general practice can offer from the perspective of rural GPs themselves’.
“Dr Munindradasa has highlighted the many benefits of both undertaking training and working as a rural GP in Murrumbateman.”
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