There are more than 20 GP registrars working in general practices in Dubbo and a further 80 in other practices and hospitals across the Western NSW region.
The registrars are fully-qualified doctors who are training to specialise as general practitioners.
One GP registrar is Dr Matthew Thuy, he is in the third term of his training at Dubbo Family Doctors, one of 50 practices across the region accredited to train registrars.
Originally from Melbourne, Dr Thuy is enjoying living and training in Dubbo.
“I initially thought I’d be a surgeon, but then I realised I was interested in the whole person and all aspects of medicine.
“I’m finding that being a GP is never boring, patients are never the same.
“There is a real community feel in Dubbo that extends to the medical staff, everyone is trying to work together to achieve good outcomes for the community,” Dr Thuy said.
Born and raised in Sydney, his supervisor Dr Gary Wong relocated to Dubbo in 2002 to complete his GP training. He has been supervising registrars in his practice for the last five years.
“My wife and I decided to stay given the good work-life balance Dubbo offers and that we had been made to feel so welcome.
“I appreciated my supervisors and mentors over the years, so being a GP supervisor is one way to give back, and it will ultimately help the wider community,” Dr Wong said.
Dr Anna Windsor Regional Head of Education Western NSW said that GP Synergy designs and delivers regionally-tailored general practice training programs, relevant to the communities where registrars are training.
“Over the past three days we have hosted an intensive training workshop in Dubbo for more than 40 GP registrars who are in the early stages of their journey to becoming a specialist GP.
“GP Synergy is committed to meeting the needs of rural communities by ensuring that GP registrars are well supported in Western NSW to receive the best medical training, and realise what a great part of the world this is to live and practise in,” Dr Windsor said.