Inverell welcomes next generation of GPs - GP Synergy

Inverell welcomes next generation of GPs

On 8th August local general practice education and training provider, GP Synergy, together with the New England Medicare Local and Inverell Shire Council, held a community networking event to welcome doctors training to become GPs and other health professionals into the area.

Over 70 attended the event including GP registrars and other health professionals, as well as representatives from GP Synergy; the New England Medicare Local; Inverell, Gwydir and Glen Innes Councils, the Rotary Club, the Inverell Chamber of Commerce, healthcare providers and local general practices.

“GP registrars contribute significantly to the provision of primary care within the New England/Northwest region and data collected over the last seven years shows that 41% of these GP registrars remain working in the region after their training,” said GP Synergy Regional Business Manager, Mr Pat Worthing.

“The aim of the event,” said Mr Worthing, “was to create a platform where GP registrars could build important social and support networks with other health professionals and community groups to enhance their training experience, and hopefully retention in the area.”

Inverell and its surrounding areas have a long standing involvement in medical training, with several local general practices directly involved in the teaching of GP registrars, prevocational doctors and medical students.

The commitment of these organisations and individuals to training plays a large role in the attraction and retention of doctors in the region.

In fact, for GP Synergy GP registrar Dr Alice Wu, this commitment and support has played a large role in her decision to undertake most of her GP training in Inverell.

“The level of supervision I have received during my training to date has been superb,” said Dr Wu. “The supervisors are always very eager to help.”

Formerly a neurologist in China, Dr Wu has been training and working in the New England/Northwest region for several years. Prior to moving to Inverell twelve months ago, she undertook training in emergency medicine and anaesthetics at Tamworth Hospital and has just embarked on a new training term at Inverell’s Armajun Aboriginal Medical Service.

“I have felt extremely welcome in Inverell. Everyone has been very kind and very genuine – I have felt very privileged,” Dr Wu said.

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L to R - GP Synergy GP registrars Drs Duc Phan Huy, Jayaguhan Chellendurai, Neela Jayaguhan and Alice Wu
L to R – GP Synergy GP registrars Drs Duc Phan Huy, Jayaguhan Chellendurai, Neela Jayaguhan and Alice Wu

Photo: New England Medicare Local CEO Graeme Kershaw and GP Synergy Regional Business Manager, Pat Worthing

Photo: GP Synergy Regional Business Manager, Pat Worthing and Inverell Council Mayor, Paul Harmon

Photo: GP Synergy Regional Business Manager, Pat Worthing