Born and bred in Broken Hill, Dr Justin Gladman is looking forward to starting his GP training at the Royal Flying Doctor Service’s (RFDS) Clive Bishop Medical Centre.
“While studying at medical school, I knew I wanted to return to Broken Hill and work as a doctor with the RFDS and contribute to the wider community.
“I’m passionate about rural practice due to its transferability and community focus,” Dr Gladman said.
Dr Gladman has joined 43 other doctors training to specialise as rural GPs in Dubbo this week for a general practice education workshop run by local training provider GP Synergy.
“Rural GP registrars need a diverse set of skills and knowledge,” said GP Synergy Director of Education and Training Dr Vanessa Moran.
“To support the registrars to become fellowed GPs we deliver regionalised training based on both local and national population health needs, that is delivered by local medical education teams,” Dr Moran said.
GP Synergy is funded by the Australian Government through the Australian General Practice Training (AGPT) program to deliver vocational GP training to doctors seeking to specialise as general practitioners.
Training to be a GP generally takes three to four years in a combination of hospital and general practice settings.
With a background that also includes managing community care programs and teaching Aboriginal health workers in remote locations, Dr Gladman said he is motivated by giving back to the community and mentoring others who have an interest in rural health care.
“I moved back to Broken Hill last year and took up an anaesthetic training position at the hospital as part of my training. I’m focused on being a rural GP and being a rural generalist requires undertaking additional training.
“Before that I was based at Tamworth Hospital, it gave me a much better understanding of the skills needed in delivering health care in a rural setting.
“Getting to this point has been a long journey, it’s also been very rewarding and worthwhile, I’m really looking forward to my next challenge with the RFDS,” Dr Gladman said.
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