More than 30 doctors training in Western NSW to specialise as GPs got a taste for farm life and rural hazards in Dubbo on Thursday.
The farm education day, facilitated by general practice training provider GP Synergy and the Royal Flying Doctor Service, was designed to give the doctors greater insight into the physical and mental health challenges of living and working on farms.
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 get an insight into some of the injuries or health issues they may see, and appreciate some of the stresses farmers experience,“ Dr Moran said.
As the RFDS South Eastern Section Chief Medical Officer, Dr Randall Greenberg knows from experience the type of hazards prevalent in the bush, he said the day would be hugely beneficial for the registrars.
“The training day will offer hands-on experience and give the GP registrars a feel for some of the types of hazards on farms, from using machinery to managing livestock,” Dr Greenberg said.
One of the GP registrars, Dr Daniel Rudd, grew up in Canberra and studied in Sydney but has chosen to live and train in Western NSW.
“I’m hoping to apply what I learn today to general practice, anything that can help me manage an emergency or ideally, prevent one, will be worthwhile,” Dr Rudd said.
Photographs from the day can be viewed in our image gallery.