Wagga Wagga general practices will welcome nine new doctors this week as they begin their community-based GP training.
The new recruits join the 149 GP registrars working in Murrumbidgee and ACT region – 24 of whom are already in Wagga Wagga.
Two of the new registrars, Dr Katherine Smith and Dr Thomas Armour, are both looking forward to starting on the path to specialising as a GP.
“In general practice you never know what medical issue will come through the door, but it is rewarding to know you have the skills to help and to be able to get help when people need specialist care,” Wagga Wagga local, Dr Smith said.
“I’ve been working at Wagga Wagga Rural Referral Hospital in obstetrics and gynaecology, and emergency medicine so I’m also looking forward to working regular hours!” she said.
Dr Armour on the other hand is new to Wagga Wagga, having spent the last few years working in Canberra hospitals, he’s finding Wagga Wagga small enough to be welcoming and friendly.
“I’m looking forward to doing a different type of medicine from the hospital work I’ve been doing.
“General practice is the most difficult, most interesting and most diverse specialty of them all, and seeing my own patients will be a welcome change,” Dr Armour 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 Murrumbidgee and Riverina 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 the Murrumbidgee and Riverina, is critical to building a strong and sustainable rural primary care workforce,” Dr Moran said.