GPs from Dubbo, Broken Hill, Gilgandra, Narromine, Orange, Wellington and Bathurst participated in an intensive professional development workshop run by local GP training provider, GP Synergy, to refine their skills in mentoring and training GP registrars.
“GP registrars are fully qualified doctors who work in accredited local general practices as they train to specialise as a GP,” Dr Anna Windsor, GP Synergy’s Regional Head of Education Western NSW said.
Dr Windsor said that in her experience one of the keys to new GPs, and their families, staying in regional and rural areas is enjoying their time in a community.
“GP Synergy is committed to ensuring that registrars and supervisors receive the support they need so that GPs who are starting their careers realise what a great part of the world this is to live and practise in,” Dr Windsor said.
GP Synergy delivers the Australian Government’s Australian General Practice Training program within NSW and ACT. The local medical and administrative team based in Dubbo delivers GP training in the Western NSW training subregion.
One of the more experienced supervisors at the workshop, Dr Ian Spencer OAM from Wellington, has been supervising registrars since 1978 and believes training in a rural area is an invaluable experience.
“By undertaking a rural placement registrars can get the feel of being part of a community; large cities can’t provide that overall experience,” Dr Spencer said.
Dr Pethidia Mango, who completed part of her own GP training in Dubbo, is a relatively new GP supervisor based at the Royal Flying Doctor Service’s Clive Bishop Medical Practice in Broken Hill. Dr Mango’s positive training experience motivated her to continue the cycle of passing on knowledge and experience.
“It’s very important for rural communities that rural GPs not only supervise registrars, but supervise them well.
“Rural general practices with good supervisors will attract good doctors, and are more likely to retain them when they complete training,” Dr Mango said.
There are currently more than 80 GP registrars training in the Western NSW training subregion.