GP trainees get a taste of farm life

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Sep 3, 2018 | Latest news | Media releases

The Dennis family of Maroubra Park at Collingullie, played host to more than 20 doctors training to specialise as GPs on Friday.

The farm education day, facilitated by Wagga Wagga local Dr Tim Caton, is designed to give the doctors greater insight into the physical and mental health challenges of living and working on farms.

Dr Sue Wald, Regional Head of Education for general practice training provider GP Synergy, said it’s important for doctors working in rural areas to understand the communities that they are working and living in.

“Today the GP registrars have been able to get a feel for some of the types of hazards on farms, from using heavy machinery and chemicals to working in the shearing shed.

“We hold our annual Farm Day for doctors in the first year of their training in GP practices in local communities throughout the Murrumbidgee and ACT region.

“The registrars come from a variety of backgrounds and some have never been on a farm before, so it’s allowed 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 Wald said.

Dr Thomas Armour, who is training in Wagga Wagga, grew up on a sheep farm near Bookham but was able to learn a few things about cropping.

“As GP registrars we’ll often see farmers or farm workers who have somehow managed to injure themselves, and it can be in many different ways, so it’s important we understand what they’re talking about when they come in.

“This is a good example of a local farm, so for my colleagues who’ve never been on a farm, it’s been a great introduction,” Dr Armour said.