Dubbo general practices will welcome eight new doctors this week as they begin their community-based GP training.
The new recruits join the 145 GP registrars working in Western NSW – 21 of whom are already training in Dubbo.
New registrar, Dr Nina Dowling is looking forward to starting on the path to specialising as a GP.
“I’ve always been passionate about rural health and preventative medicine, so it seemed like a perfect fit.
“The fact that I could complete all of my training rurally was a drawcard.
“Having worked at Dubbo Health Service and lived here for the last couple of years, I’ve really enjoyed working with the local patients and my colleagues here.
“Everyone has a ‘can-do’ attitude, and I think we are really lucky to have such a hardworking group of health professionals in the area,” Dr Dowling said.
To specialise as a GP, doctors undertake three to four years of additional training in a combination of hospital and general practice settings, coordinated in NSW and ACT by training provider, GP Synergy.
GP Synergy Director of Education and Training Dr Vanessa Moran said the future is looking bright for rural communities.
“We are delighted to have filled 100% of the available training places for the Western NSW region for the 2018 intake.
“Welcoming and supporting new doctors into rural communities, as well as developing robust rural training pipelines for doctors who want to continue their training in Western NSW, is critical to building a strong and sustainable rural primary care workforce,” Dr Moran said.