Twenty-five doctors training in Western NSW to specialise as GPs got a taste for farm life and rural hazards on Wednesday.
The farm education day, facilitated by general practice training provider GP Synergy and the Royal Flying Doctor Service, gave the doctors greater insight into the physical and mental health challenges of living and working on farms.
The simulations included a quad bike accident, snake bite, auger accident and a cattle-crush injury.
Dr Vanessa Moran GP Synergy Director of Education and Training ACT & NSW said it’s important for doctors working in rural areas to understand the communities that they are working and living in.
“The registrars come from a variety of backgrounds and some have never been on a farm before, so it allows them to better understand the farm injuries or health issues they may see, as well as appreciate some of the stresses farmers experience,“ Dr Moran said.
As a RFDS Medical Officer, Dr Kiri Oates knows from experience the type of hazards prevalent in the bush, such as injury from machinery or livestock.
“The day offered simulation training on a working farm, preparing the GP registrars for the experience of providing emergency management in isolated surroundings, where they may be the only clinician within a large radius,” Dr Oates said.
One of the GP registrars, Dr Rosie Nielsen is used to farm life having grown up on a sheep and cattle property 115 km west of Bourke.
“I decided to study medicine in order to be a GP, I wanted to do something that would enable me to be able to work in Western NSW.
“I’ve chosen to train here because of the passionate GP supervisors who generally have a real interest in teaching and inspiring you to become holistic capable doctors with an interest in staying in the country.
“This hands-on approach to learning about farm safety helps us gain practical measures to cope with real-life scenarios that we see and treat often,” Dr Nielsen said.
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