GP Synergy welcomes new GP training region announcement - GP Synergy

GP Synergy welcomes new GP training region announcement

GP Synergy, the largest provider of vocational general practice training in NSW, welcomes today’s announcement by the Federal Government of the new general practice training regions.

Across Australia, the number of training regions will be reduced from 17 to 11, with three in NSW.

GP Synergy currently delivers rural general practice training in New England/Northwest NSW, as well as urban training across metropolitan and outer metropolitan Sydney.

GP Synergy Chief Executive Officer, Mr John Oldfield, says there are many benefits of consolidation.

“Our organisation has merged twice over the past six years – once in 2009 with the then northern NSW New England Area Training Service (NEATS), and again in 2010 with the former Institute of General Practice Education (IGPE) in south/southwestern Sydney.

“Over this period we have been able to significantly reduce the cost of GP registrar training, at the same time make considerable improvements in the number and distribution of registrars training in areas of workforce need.

“For instance, in our northern NSW region recruitment of rural GP registrars has tripled since the merger.

“In our south/southwestern Sydney region we have more than doubled the number of full-time equivalent registrars training in these areas,” says Mr Oldfield.

According to GP Synergy Chair, Dr Harry Nespolon, these improvements translate into real benefits for local communities.

“The impact of these increasing numbers of doctors on the local population cannot be underestimated.

“The more highly skilled general practitioners we have working in communities in need, the better health outcomes that community will experience.

“We look forward to building on these achievements.”


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