Community groups came together at Café Galia on Wednesday night to welcome GP registrars and other health professionals working and training in Moree.
Hosted by local general practice training provider, GP Synergy, 60 attended the event with representatives from Moree Plains Shire Council, Moree Hospital, the Rural Doctors Network, Medicare Local, Chamber of Commerce, local schools, general practices and healthcare services.
According to GP Synergy Chief Executive Officer, John Oldfield, the number of doctors being recruited to train as GPs in the New England/Northwest region has increased rapidly in the past seven years.
“In 2009 the annual intake of registrars into the region was 10. In 2015, this number more than tripled to 37 – the highest intake the region has experienced,” says Mr Oldfield.
“GP registrars now make up nearly every two of ten GPs in the region, contributing enormously to the primary healthcare provision in local rural communities.”
There are currently 53 GP registrars training across the New England/Northwest with 7 GP registrars training in Moree.