GP training close to home for Dr Carter - GP Synergy

GP training close to home for Dr Carter

Being able to train with GP Synergy as a specialist GP in his hometown of Ballina has worked out perfectly for Dr Justin Carter.

Dr Carter is in his first term of community-based training at accredited GP training practice, Grant Street Clinic, and he is thoroughly enjoying working as a GP.

“I grew up in Lennox Head when it was a little sleepy town.

“My mum still runs our family business in Ballina which was started by her grandfather and has been at its current premises for over 100 years!

“The variety is what drew me to general practice from paediatrics to geriatrics, and everything in between.

“What I’m most enjoying about community-based GP training is the unique relationships you form with your patients, the trust they put in you and how you often meet the whole family because of the care you provide.

“I’ve found there is a real sense of community here, it was evident with the recent devastating floods, GPs and health staff turned up at the numerous evacuation centres to help with the health needs of vulnerable people during the unprecedented natural disaster,” Dr Carter said.

GP Synergy CEO, Cameron Wilson, said Dr Carter 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 the Grant Street Clinic.

Dr Carter has elected to train as a rural generalist, a GP with additional advanced skills to support rural hospitals.

“I gained my advanced skills in paediatrics, it’s a big part of general practice and an area I enjoy.

“I was able to broaden my skills in all aspects of child and adolescent health and further confirmed my passion for this aspect of medicine.

“I plan to continue working as a rural generalist primarily based in general practice but still having my fix of acute medicine with shifts at the local base hospital on the paediatric ward and in local emergency departments,” Dr Carter said.


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