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Port Macquarie GPs train next generation

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If you’ve visited your local GP clinic recently you may have noticed a new doctor available to see patients.

That doctor may be one of the 20 GP registrars undertaking their GP training in Port Macquarie, Wauchope and North Haven.

“GP registrars are fully qualified doctors undertaking three to four years additional training to specialise as a GP,” Clinical Associate Professor Rashmi Sharma OAM, GP Synergy’s Regional Head of Education North Coast said.

“The doctors train in accredited general practices overseen by GP supervisors who ensure they get the best on-the-job training possible,” she said.

To further refine their skills in supervising the up-and-coming GPs, 15 local GP supervisors gathered in Port Macquarie on Saturday for a professional development workshop hosted by local general practice training provider, GP Synergy.

The gathering reflects the commitment of local GPs to ensuring the region is well placed to attract and keep the next generation of GPs.

Two of the GPs in attendance Dr Anne Murray and Dr Jacinta Spry, both from Focus Medical Centre, are passionate about general practice and training doctors in Port Macquarie.

Dr Murray loves watching registrars grow in confidence as they fine turn their clinical reasoning skills and build on their communication skills.

“The motivation for me is to help good doctors become great GPs.

“I enjoy the gradual reduction in phone calls and consult disruptions as they grow in confidence and I get the reward of a job well done,” Dr Murray said.

Giving back the effort invested by her own supervisors motivates Dr Spry.

“I enjoy encouraging and reassuring registrars they are a valued member of the team as they bring a diversity of knowledge, skills and attitudes.

“I hope to help registrars build their autonomy while also developing supportive networks.

“I also learn something too,” Dr Spry said.

A/Prof Sharma said that in her experience, if registrars, and their families, enjoy their time in a community the chances of them staying for the longer term is greater.

“We want to ensure that registrars and supervisors receive the support they need so that GPs who are starting their careers are drawn to this part of Australia,” she said.