On 13th August local general practice education and training provider, GP Synergy, together with the New England Medicare Local and Moree Plains Shire Council, held a community networking event to welcome doctors training to become GPs and other health professionals into the area.
Over 60 attended the event including GP registrars and other health professionals, as well as representatives from GP Synergy; the New England Medicare Local; Moree Plains Shire Council, Rotary and Lion Clubs; the Moree Chamber of Commerce, Moree Hospital, local schools, the Federal Member for Parkes, 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 CEO, Mr John Oldfield.
“The aim of the event,” said Mr Oldfield, “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.”
Moree has a long standing tradition of supporting medical training, with local general practices Associate Medical Centre and Balo Street Surgery involved in teaching medical students and GP registrars for many years.
One of these GP registrars undertaking his GP training in Moree is Dr Hamze Hamze.
Dr Hamze completed his internship at Tamworth Hospital, and spent the following four years working across John Hunter, Mater, Maitland and Belmont Hospitals, developing emergency medicine and surgical skills.
However, the appeal of offering continuity of care to patients and an improved lifestyle led him back to the New England/Northwest area to pursue a career in general practice and he hasn’t looked back since.
“My experience in Moree has been really good,” said Dr Hamze. “I like my workplace and the people I work with. The local community are very down to earth. My wife loves it here, and she has made more friends here in six months than she did in Newcastle in four years.”
Dr Hamze plans to stay in Moree to complete his training, and if things go well, settle permanently in Moree upon training completion.
Photo: GP Synergy CEO Mr John Oldfield, GP Synergy registrar Dr Hamze Hamze, and Federal Member for Parkes Mr Mark Coulton
Photo: GP Synergy CEO Mr John Oldfield and Moree Plains Shire Council General Manager Mr David Aber