Twenty-eight rural doctors training to specialise as GPs descended on Tamworth this week to attend a general practice education workshop run by local training provider, GP Synergy.
A wide variety of topics were covered over the four day event which, according to GP Synergy Director of Education and Training, Dr Graham Lee, reflects the broad knowledge and skill set GPs require.
“This workshop is just one in a series of educational activities these doctors will participate in during their GP training,” says Dr Lee.
“Topics covered at the workshop ranged from paediatric resuscitation to Aboriginal health to aged care, demonstrating the diverse and holistic nature of rural general practice and the role GP’s play in providing continuity of care.”
One of the doctors in attendance was local doctor, Nylie Martin (pictured).
Dr Martin completed her hospital training at Tamworth Hospital, and has long term plans to live and work in Tamworth with her family.
“Tamworth has become our home,” she says.
“We are lucky to have a great base hospital which allows me to keep doing Emergency Department shifts to maintain clinical and procedural skills, fantastic specialist doctors to refer to, and dedicated, experienced GPs to support GPs in training and provide healthcare to my community.
“After training I plan to work as a GP in Tamworth with a dream to focus on preventative healthcare and longevity medicine – to help people avoid chronic conditions such as cardiovascular disease and diabetes and to provide quality of life in the later years.”
There are currently 50 doctors training with GP Synergy to specialise as GPs in local general practices and hospitals across the New England/Northwest region in Armidale, Gunnedah, Guyra, Inverell, Manilla, Moree, Tamworth, Uralla, Walcha, and Warialda.