It takes a community to train a GP - GP Synergy

It takes a community to train a GP

With 54 doctors training to become specialist GPs in the New England/Northwest region it’s possible that you may have met a GP in training if you’ve visited a new GP.

The fully qualified doctors spend an additional three-to-four years training in accredited general practices, where they contribute significantly to primary healthcare. With each trainee completing more than 2300 consultations a year.

Long-term Glen Innes GP and Regional Head of Education for regional GP training organisation GP Synergy, Dr Donna Quinn, has the responsibility of overseeing the education and support of the GPs in training.

“My interest in GP education was driven by a need to help foster and develop the next generation of GPs,” Dr Quinn said.

“I love being a rural GP, it is a unique role to be an integral part of the community in which you work.

“Because you work in the community in which you live, you develop an innate understanding of the lives of your patients.

“These are small communities, that are used to pulling together in times of hardship, that are resilient, that need and deserve the best care possible.

“I’m proud to live and work in the rural community that I do and cannot imagine working anywhere else!”

There are many GPs across the region who completed their training here and have stayed on to become part of the community.

Doctors like Dr Maelle Morgan in Moree and Dr Matt Chan in Tamworth arrived for their training not expecting to stay but have found their niche, others like Dr James Marshall in Quirindi and Dr David Lockart in Tamworth, were originally from the region and were able to return for their GP training.

CEO of GP Synergy, Georgina van de Water, said that in addition to the 59 accredited training practices in the region the local community plays an important role in helping doctors settle in and form personal networks.

“We have been training GPs in New England/Northwest since 2009 and the consistent feedback we receive is that they find training in the region a rich and rewarding learning environment,” Mrs van de Water said.

“Encouraging doctors to live and work here after completing their training is something that we can collectively, and individually contribute to.

“Receiving a first-class training experience is critical, as is ensuring doctors and their families, are well-supported and nurtured by their local community.”


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Kerryn Stephens | Media and Communications Officer