Starting her training in Young to become a specialist GP is something of a homecoming for Dr Rhiannon Baldwin.
“I grew up in Wee Jasper, but I’ve spent the last few years in Geelong where I studied medicine and worked at the local hospital,” Dr Baldwin said.
“I think I always knew that I would come back to this region at some stage and this felt like the right time.
“It’s been quite nostalgic coming back to work in the Murrumbidgee region, in some ways it’s so familiar it’s like I never left.
“I’m really looking forward to continuing to work and train here, learning from some amazing and hugely experienced rural GPs at Young District Medical Centre, just generally getting my hands dirty and learning a huge array of new skills!”
Transitioning from working solely in a hospital won’t be without its challenges, but Dr Baldwin is enjoying the experience.
“The staff at the medical centre and the hospital have been incredibly welcoming and friendly.
“It’s been great to get to know some of the patients already who have been extremely kind while I learn the ropes.
“One of the great things about GP training is the opportunity to not only work in clinical practice but also education, policy, hospital work or other unique areas of interest.
“I have to admit, I’m hanging out until the end of the year to get involved with all of the events occurring during the renowned cherry season!” Dr Baldwin 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 Young, with each completing more than 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 Baldwin is currently one of 83 GP registrars training in the Murrumbidgee region and two in Young.
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