Dr Hugh Le Lievre is undertaking his GP training in Orange, the five-minute commute to work and the incredible local food and wine are just some of the benefits of living in Western NSW. Dr Le Lievre is also a GP Synergy Registrar Liaison Officer.
Why did you decide to become a rural GP?
I love providing continuity of care to patients and their families, and becoming immersed in the local community.
I really enjoy the breadth of knowledge and multiple skills that you need to serve the needs of what is often a large and diverse patient base.
Since graduating in 2012, I have lived and worked in Orange. Nothing beats the non-metropolitan lifestyle in my opinion, so working in regional Australia seemed like a natural fit for me.
What do you enjoy about rural general practice?
Every day is different and always presents a challenge. The fact that as general practitioners we have no idea what’s coming through the door next is quite exhilarating, and being on the front line when people need it most is incredibly rewarding.
Access to reliable health care in regional and rural areas is variable as we all know, so being able to assist in complex social situations and helping to advocate for patients who find it difficult to navigate the health system is very satisfying.
Once you have established yourself, patients are incredibly appreciative and aren’t keen for you to move on!
Why did you decide to become a Registrar Liaison Officer (RLO)?
I’ve always tried to stay one step ahead in terms of understanding training expectations and opportunities, so being able to formalise this and advocate for my colleagues as a RLO felt like a natural fit for me.
Many registrars face challenges that are unique to their community, as the RLO for the Western NSW region, I do my best to assist them work through any problems they may have.
Would you recommend training in a rural area?
Absolutely, as a member of the regional and rural medical workforce, you are able to provide a discernible difference in addressing workforce shortage.
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