Doctors, who earlier this year moved to the Mid North and North Coast to become specialist GPs, are meeting in Coffs Harbour for a workshop to mark the beginning of their second term of training.
Member for Cowper, Hon Luke Hartsuyker MP, yesterday attended the workshop to meet the registrars and gauge how they’re settling in to the region.
Dr Paul Lam, who is training at Beach Street Family Practice in Woolgoolga and has also completed additional training in palliative care, is keen to stay in the area when he completes his GP training.
“I’m really enjoying seeing patients of all ages every day, and the challenge of diagnosing and dealing with a wide range of medical conditions.
“I hope to continue working together with the hospital specialists and community nursing teams to provide care that addresses the needs of the community, including palliative care.
“I also love the beautiful coastline, friendly community and the surf!” Dr Lam said.
GP Synergy’s Regional Head of Education North Coast, Assoc Prof Rashmi Sharma OAM, also a practising GP, said to support the registrars in meeting local community health needs GP Synergy delivers a regionalised training program delivered by a local medical education team based in Ballina.
“Accredited local GPs supervise the registrars while they are training in practices, and the GP Synergy team provides an overarching medical education program and ongoing support to supervisors, practices and registrars.
“There are currently 150 GP registrars in various stages of training in towns from Port Macquarie to the Queensland border, with 23 registrars training in Coffs Harbour and nearby towns.
“It’s also important for local communities to welcome and support new doctors as they settle into towns, as we’d all be pleased to see the doctors stay in the region in the longer term,” Assoc Prof Sharma said.