Mudgee has proven to be the hometown that Dr Melissa Price-Purnell was looking for.
She relocated from Tamworth at the start of the year to continue her rural generalist training, to train as a specialist GP with GP Synergy while also using her specialist obstetrics skills at Mudgee Hospital.
“As I got to work in different fields of medicine, I realised that I was attracted to multiple medical specialties,” Dr Price-Purnell said.
“It wasn’t until my final year of medical school that I was lucky enough to work with rural generalists and I realised I could do it all and didn’t have to settle for just one field of medicine.
“I love the fact that I get to know my patients and follow up with their care.
“I get to care for women throughout their antenatal care and then follow them up postnatally and watch their children grow up, which I think is really cool.
“The best part of being a rural generalist is that you become part of the wider team and community.”
Dr Price-Purnell is completing her specialist GP training through the Australian General Practice Training program, delivered in NSW and ACT by GP Synergy.
GP Synergy CEO, Georgina van de Water, said Dr Price-Purnell is one of 97 GP trainees located across the Western NSW region, with five in Mudgee.
“On average a typical full time equivalent GP trainee will see more than 5180 consultations a year, making a significant contribution to primary health care.
“Doctors training through the AGPT program are well supported with local delivery by medical education teams, and supervision from accredited local GPs, like those at Mudgee Medical Centre.
“Since 2002, more than 10,000 doctors have become specialist GPs through the program nationally,” Mrs van de Water said.
Dr Price-Purnell is appreciative of the assistance she has received moving to a new town.
“What attracted me to Mudgee was the amazing team I get to work with and the fact it is a beautiful town,” Dr Price-Purnell said.
“While it can be tricky to organise my roster and at times you can find me running back and forth from Mudgee Medical Centre to the hospital, I would not have it any other way.
“It’s a really supportive working arrangement that I have both at the clinic and at the hospital.
“The community are very supportive knowing that you are an obstetrician, if I’m running late my patients in general practice are always happy to wait or move appointments.”
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