Specialist GP training close to home proves a bonus - GP Synergy

Specialist GP training close to home proves a bonus

Dr Lucas Booth is a proud Aboriginal man from the Dhungutti/Thunghutti nation who is undertaking his specialist GP training nearby on Gumbaynggir land in Coffs Harbour.

“I’m from the local area, I grew up in the Macleay and Nambucca Valley and finished high school at Macksville.

“I worked as a nurse before I became a doctor, but I have always known that I wanted to be a GP,” Dr Booth said.

Having completed medical school and several years in a hospital setting, Dr Booth is part way through his additional 3 to 4 tears training to become a rural generalist, a specialist GP with additional advanced skills.

“I chose general practice because GPs are the backbone of healthcare, I’ve also completed my advanced skills training in emergency management to better support rural communities.

“I was also able to undertake my advanced emergency management training close to home in Coffs Harbour and Macksville hospitals.

“General practice allows me to get to know patients over time, I like the relationships that you build with people, I like to be their health care advocate and I like to see people get better.

“So far I’m loving the training, I work in a great practice with supportive GP supervisors, nurses and admin staff,” Dr Booth said.

GP Synergy’s CEO Cameron Wilson said the training provider is currently supporting 42 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander doctors undertaking specialist GP training across NSW and ACT.

“Our Aboriginal Cultural Education Unit work closely with our medical education teams to ensure that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander doctors are supported both culturally and educationally.

“We also work closely with the 33 Aboriginal Medical Services (AMSs) across NSW and ACT, accredited to deliver GP training,” Mr Wilson said.

“We encourage all trainee GPs to consider training in an AMS.

“Training doctors in Aboriginal health is an important part of closing the gap in the health inequities between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Australians.

“Those doctors training in an Aboriginal health setting find the experience invaluable from a learning perspective and rewarding as the Aboriginal health model is one based on teamwork and being part of the community,” he said.


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