Patients at GP clinics around Broken Hill will have noticed some new faces, with seven doctors joining the five doctors already training to become specialist GPs in Broken Hill.
Amongst the trainee GPs are locals Drs Aliza Lord and Michael Burrows, with Dr Shamaela Ullah moving here from Sydney specifically for her training.
Dr Ullah (pictured left) is training at Clive Bishop Medical Centre and has found the Broken Hill community very welcoming.
“GP training offers some unique opportunities such as working in a completely different area, for me it’s Western NSW,” Dr Ullah said.
“I thought this would get me out of my comfort zone and allow me to gain more experience specifically in rural medicine.
“I’m not sure where I will end up as a GP, but I have so far loved working here, and I want to continue working and expanding my skills in rural and remote medicine.”
Training at the Broken Hill GP Super Clinic, Dr Lord (pictured right) is settled in Broken Hill after spending time here as a medical student and marrying a local.
“I decided that I wanted to stay in Broken Hill, which meant general practice is a good fit,” Dr Lord said.
“I also wanted to challenge myself, so I’ve chosen to train as a GP with additional emergency medicine skills.
“The highlight of training is that I’m really enjoying having continuity of care and ongoing relationships with patients, which is a bit different to just working in a hospital.”
Dr Burrows (pictured left), a Broken Hill local, is part way through his training and would recommend GP training in Broken Hill to other doctors.
“Rural and regional experiences are quite different from the city, you can get a lot both professionally and personally from them,” Dr Burrows said.
“The mix of varied presentations, work-life balance, building clinical relationships with patients, developing areas of clinical interest are all key aspects of being a GP but also make for a great career.”
CEO of regional GP training organisation GP Synergy, Georgina van de Water, said that collectively, and individually we all play an important role in helping doctors settle in and form personal networks to encourage doctors to stay working rurally.
“GP registrars contribute significantly to primary healthcare provision in rural areas like Broken Hill,” Mrs van de Water said.
“Over the many years that we have been training doctors to specialise as GPs in rural communities, the consistent feedback we receive is that doctors find rural training a rich and rewarding learning environment.
“Receiving a first-class training experience is critical, as is ensuring doctors and their families, are well-supported and nurtured by their local community.”
There are currently 108 GP registrars training in the Western NSW region.
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