Highlighting the benefits that rural general practice in Cooma offers, Dr Hamish Steiner has won first prize in the 2020 GP Synergy Rural General Practice Video Competition.
Dr Steiner moved to Cooma as a trainee GP 25 years ago and realising there was a lot to like about the town, he made Cooma home.
“Cooma has a great mix of general practice and hospital work,” Dr Steiner said.
“The hospital looks after a lot including emergencies, delivering babies, through to palliative care.
“We get to do everything where health care is concerned, and it’s incredibly rewarding.
“The other GPs in town are excellent, across the two practices we get along well and help each other out.”
Dr Steiner thought entering a video in the GP Synergy rural GP video competition was a great way to promote rural general practice in Cooma to medical students, trainee GPs and doctors contemplating a rural career.
“Both Dr Domonic Manassa and Dr Jo Copland who star in the movie came here as GP registrars and have stayed on and are now raising their families here.
“We have a pretty good supply of GPs but we can always do with another doctor, preferably one who likes to ski!
“I was really surprised to have won, it was a bit of a rush at the end and I would have liked to have included some more footage of Cooma.
“But it came together really well with the editing help from my daughter Zali, who was born and raised here,” he said.
Georgina van de Water, CEO of the local GP training organisation, GP Synergy, congratulated Dr Steiner on winning first prize.
“We have been delighted at the number of entries we have received highlighting the benefits of a career in general practice across 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 help tell the compelling story about the professional, personal and community rewards that rural general practice can offer from the perspective of rural GPs themselves.
“Dr Steiner’s video featuring a number of doctors in various stages of their careers was a stand-out and will help others better understand the opportunities that a career in rural general practice affords.”
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