GP’s prize-winning video encourages doctors to come to Coffs Harbour - GP Synergy

GP’s prize-winning video encourages doctors to come to Coffs Harbour

Wanting to inspire medical students and young doctors to go into a career in regional general practice, Plaza Medical Centre GP Dr Shahab Shirazi’s creative video has won the 2021 GP Synergy Rural General Practice Video Competition.

In the three-minute video that mixes animation and video, Dr Shirazi taps into some of the reasons that city-based doctors may be cautious about moving.

“My wife and children also have a real love for Coffs Harbour, from the great schools to the outdoors.

“It is much easier to be spontaneous here without having to consider things like traffic, parking and overcrowding.

“I am forever trying to convince my medical and non-medical friends to move away from the city, and entering this competition made me able to make the message much more widespread.

“It is exciting that I have won, hopefully my video will allow young doctors who are thinking of training in general practice to contemplate the benefits of living and working in regional and rural centres,” Dr Shirazi said.

Dr Shirazi made the move from Sydney to complete most of his specialist GP training in Coffs Harbour.

“I feel my training here in the mid north coast really helped set me up to be a well-rounded GP.

“I had excellent GP supervisors and medical educators and the transition to establishing myself was such a natural and seamless process that I didn’t give staying in Coffs Harbour a second thought,” Dr Shirazi said.

Georgina van de Water, CEO of NSW and ACT GP training organisation, GP Synergy, congratulated Dr Shirazi on his video.

“We are delighted at the number of entries we received highlighting the benefits of a career in general practice across regional and rural NSW,” Mrs van de Water said.

“The passion that doctors and practice staff have for their communities and providing them with the best care is clear.

“The videos highlight the professional, personal and community rewards that rural general practice can offer from the perspective of rural GPs themselves’.

“Dr Shirazi’s video shows that the benefits of GP training are such that he, and many other doctors, continue working as rural and regional GPs after they complete training.”


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