Getting to know members of the community, can make all the difference when you move to a new town.
On Tuesday night, local general practice training provider GP Synergy, brought together more than 40 local health professionals and special guests including Member for Gilmore Ann Sudmalis, for a networking event to help new GP registrars settle into town.
Mr John Oldfield, GP Synergy’s CEO welcomed guests, including registrars training in general practices from Berry to Sanctuary Point.
“Four new doctors have moved to the Nowra area this term, joining the 44 GP registrars who are already in the area in their later stages of training.
“Registrars train in local practices under the supervision of accredited local GPs, so they not only receive the best medical training, but also get a taste for living in the communities they train in.
“GP Synergy also provide assistance to registrars moving to rural locations to settle-in, and events like this are a good opportunity for the new doctors to meet locals who already recognise it’s a great place to work,” Mr Oldfield said.
One of the new doctors in town, Dr Elissa Calderwood, grew up in Western Sydney but got a taste for rural lifestyle after living and working in Dubbo and Wagga Wagga.
“I’ve been loving GP training; it’s challenging having so much to learn, but I think the best aspect is the daily interaction with patients and meeting so many different people.
“I want to practise somewhere rural, and I think the Shoalhaven would be a great place for me to end up staying.
“There is so much to do here with the beaches and bush; and it’s accessible to Sydney for catching up with family,” Dr Calderwood said.
There are currently more than 200 registrars undertaking GP training in 164 general practices and hospital facilities across South Eastern NSW.