Giving city-based doctors a chance to spend six-months training as specialist GPs in Western NSW is paying off.
Dr Ryan Lui moved to Dubbo to complete a training term at DubboCare Family Practice, he liked it so much he requested to stay for another term and is now making the transfer permanent.
It’s a similar trend seen from Oberon to Broken Hill with Sydney-based trainee GPs who choose a composite urban/rural training pathway finding the rural training experience clinically rewarding, and local communities welcoming.
“I chose the composite pathway as I was interested in experiencing rural medicine,” Dr Lui said.
“With many GP training campaigns featuring rural GPs and with opportunities to practice all aspects of medicine, I was hoping to experience the breadth of rural medicine.
“I was delighted during my rural term to find the complexity of medicine that I was seeking.
“I have been very fortunate to have Drs George Dawoud and Amal Tadros as my supervisors at DubboCare Family Practice.
“With the friendly community in Dubbo, there is no better place than being a rural community-based GP.”
CEO of regional GP training organisation GP Synergy, Georgina van de Water, said that collectively, and individually we all play an important role in helping doctors settle in and form personal networks to encourage doctors to stay working rurally.
“GP registrars contribute significantly to primary healthcare provision in rural areas like Dubbo,” Mrs van de Water said.
“Over the many years that we have been training doctors to specialise as GPs, the consistent feedback we receive is that doctors find rural training a rich and rewarding learning environment.
“Receiving a first-class training experience is critical, as is ensuring doctors and their families, are well-supported and nurtured by their local community.
“We introduced the composite training pathway in 2019, giving city-based doctors the opportunity to be supported in undertaking a training term in a rural area in NSW.
“We’ve been delighted with the number of doctors choosing to stay in a rural area for a second term or transferring to rural training.”
There are currently 132 GP registrars training on a composite pathway in NSW.
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