Congratulations to Dr Emma Thompson who has been named the national RACGP Rural GP in Training of the Year!
Emma is training in our South Eastern NSW subregion and is completing Extended Skills in Aged Care and Women’s Health across two practices, while also working as a GP VMO at Milton Ulladulla Hospital.
Emma moved to the Shoalhaven area with her family seven years ago where she was one of the first GP registrars to complete Palliative Care Advanced Rural Skills Training at David Berry Hospital through the Rural Generalist Program and is working towards attainment of her FARGP. Emma has been appointed to a GP VMO position prior to obtaining Fellowship, a now unusual situation that reflects her abilities and commitment to rural general practice.
Emma has put her palliative care skills to excellent use in Milton where she established a palliative care unit at Milton Ulladulla Hospital, which she attends every day as a GP VMO.
Being located within the Shoalhaven area, one of the hardest hit areas during the devastating 2019/2020 bushfire season, Emma’s commitment was tested further as she tirelessly worked to support the community. During this time she spent days ‘stranded’ in Milton unable to return to her family due to road closures.
Emma’s willingness to participate in promotional activities for GP Synergy, on top of her substantial responsibilities, demonstrates her genuine commitment to ensuring medical students and prevocational doctors are inspired to pursue their own career in rural general practice.