Being able to train with GP Synergy as a specialist GP at Alstonville Clinic has meant a return home for Dr Caitlin Downes.
Completing her medical training in Western Australia she has recently moved back to be closer to family.
“I grew up between Byron Bay and Lennox Head and attended high school in Lismore.
“I love working in Alstonville because these are my people.
“The biggest appeal of working in general practice is the people including the patients, receptionists, nurses, and other doctors at the practice.
“You get to know people and their families, and they get to know you, you feel part of a community and help people where they are,” Dr Downes said.
GP Synergy CEO, Cameron Wilson, said Dr Downes is one of almost 190 GP trainees located in accredited training practices across the North Coast region.
“On average a typical full time equivalent GP trainee will see more than 5100 consultations a year, making a significant contribution to primary health care.
“Doctors training through the Australian General Practice Training program are well supported with local education delivery by GP Synergy medical education teams, and supervision from accredited GP supervisors like those at Alstonville Clinic.
As part of her GP training Dr Downes has gained additional advanced skills in emergency medicine allowing her to work in a rural hospital while working as a GP.
“That decision started when I got a job at Broome Regional Hospital, I already liked emergency medicine but in Broome the hospital is run by GPs with specialty training.
“These doctors are amazing, and I hoped to work in a similar environment and gain the same skills, so I went down the track of rural general practice with advanced skills.
“At the clinic we do see patients with acute conditions, so I treat emergency presentations as well as chronic diseases, I never know what is coming next and I like that about general practice,” Dr Downes said.
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