Twenty-two doctors, who earlier this year moved to the New England/Northwest region to become specialist GPs, today got together in GP Synergy’s Armidale office for a workshop to begin their second term of training.
Dr Nikita Naik, who is training at Integral Health in Armidale, is finding general practice to be a tremendously rewarding, challenging and diverse career.
“My patients are teaching me so much and I quite enjoy not knowing what’s in store for me at the beginning of each day.
“Armidale has been wonderful, I’m working in an incredibly supportive environment, with a great group of GPs and other staff, who have a wealth of knowledge and experience under their belts.
“I’m trying to absorb as much as I can – it’s allowing me to develop into the type of medical practitioner I’ve envisioned myself becoming,” Dr Naik said.
Deputy Regional Head of Education Hunter New England and Central Coast Dr Donna Quinn, who also practices as a GP in Glen Innes, said to support the registrars in meeting local community health needs GP Synergy delivers regionalised training delivered by local medical education teams.
“In New England/Northwest there are currently 70 GP registrars in various stages of training in towns from Mungindi to Quirindi, with five registrars training here in Armidale.
“It’s also important for local communities to welcome and support new doctors as they settle into rural towns, as we’d all be pleased to see the doctors stay here in the longer term,” Dr Quinn said.