Originally from Canberra, Dr Daniel Rudd moved to the Central West for GP training and after three years of community-based training, staying on in Orange as a specialist GP has been an easy choice.
“I decided to become a GP as I wanted a rewarding job with variety and flexibility,” Dr Rudd said.
“As a GP in Orange I work with wonderful colleagues and patients, and it’s a beautiful town with a great community.
“There is also good access to specialist services when needed.
“I can’t see my family moving back to a large city, there is a sense of peacefulness which I didn’t realise I was missing until we moved regionally.”
During his training Dr Rudd also worked for GP training provider GP Synergy as Registrar Liaison Officer for Western NSW, to ensure other GP trainees also had a positive experience when training in the region.
“I wanted to help other trainees have as good an experience in Western NSW as I did, and hopefully stay around long term.”
GP Synergy CEO, Georgina van de Water, said Dr Rudd is one of many doctors that have trained rurally under the Australian General Practice Training (AGPT) program and stayed on after training to provide valuable primary healthcare to rural communities.
“Since 2002, more than 10,000 doctors have achieved fellowship through the Australian General Practice Training (AGPT) program nationally.
“Doctors typically spend three to four years in the AGPT program to specialise as a GP, with dedicated supervisors and regional medical education delivery and support,” Mrs van de Water said.
“Feedback from registrars over the many years that we have been training doctors to specialise as GPs in rural communities, is that training in a rural setting in the AGPT program offers a rich and rewarding learning environment.
“In addition, how local communities welcome and support GP registrars during their training and beyond can have a considerable impact on their decision to stay once they reach their fellowship goals.”
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