This month five doctors have started their three-to-four years training to become specialist GPs in Orange, joining the 15 doctors already training at accredited GP practices across the city.
One of the new trainee GPs, Dr Madeline Wilson, is excited to be training in Orange and has her sights set on remaining a rural GP.
“I grew up in Sydney as the first doctor in my family.
“I went straight to university in Armidale after high school, which was a big lifestyle change for a young Sydney girl!
“During university I had a short placement in Orange, which I loved.
“The vibrant lifestyle, with the fantastic food and drink scene was a big feature that appealed to me and drew me back to this area.
“I’m excited to now have the opportunity to get back to rural medicine and the rural lifestyle,” Dr Wilson said.
Training at Colour City Medical Practice, Dr Wilson has found the first week of training a steep learning curve, but one that she’s enjoying.
“It’s been a big step up in clinical responsibility from working as a junior doctor in the hospital system.
“I was drawn to general practice after loving different specialty terms as a hospital doctor.
“I also realised that in general practice I would be able to cover so many of those things, plus have the chance for long term doctor-patient relationships,” Dr Wilson said.
CEO of regional GP training organisation GP Synergy, Georgina van de Water, said the local community plays an important role in helping doctors settle in and form personal networks.
“GP registrars contribute significantly to primary healthcare provision in rural areas like Orange, with each completing about 2500 consultations each year,” Mrs van de Water said.
“Over the many years that we have been training doctors to specialise as GPs in rural communities, the consistent feedback we receive is that they find rural training a rich and rewarding learning environment.
“Collectively, and individually, we all have a role to play to encourage these doctors to stay working rurally after completing training.
“Receiving a first-class training experience is critical, as is ensuring doctors and their families, are well-supported and nurtured by their local community.”
Dr Wilson is currently one of 122 GP registrars training in the Western NSW subregion and 20 in Orange.
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