Tamworth welcomes next generation of GPs - GP Synergy

Tamworth welcomes next generation of GPs

Last night, local general practice education and training provider, GP Synergy, together with the New England Medicare Local and Tamworth Regional Council, held a community networking event to welcome doctors training to become GPs and other health professionals into the area.

Over 70 attended the event including GP registrars, prevocational doctors, medical students and other health professionals, as well as representatives from GP Synergy, the New England Medicare Local, Tamworth Regional Council, the Tamworth Multicultural Incorporation, Lioness Club, the Tamworth Chamber of Commerce, the Rural Doctors Network and local general practices.

“GP registrars contribute significantly to the provision of primary care within the New England/Northwest region and data collected over the last seven years shows that 41% of these GP registrars remain working in the region after their training,” said GP Synergy CEO Mr John Oldfield.

“The aim of the event,” said Mr Oldfield, “was to create a platform where GP registrars could build important social and support networks with other health professionals and community groups to enhance their training experience, and hopefully retention in the area.”

Tamworth has a long standing involvement in medical training, with Tamworth Hospital and several local general practices directly involved in the teaching of GP registrars, prevocational doctors and medical students.

The commitment of these organisations and individuals to training doctors plays a large role in the attraction and retention of doctors in the region.

In fact, it was this reputation that attracted GP registrar, Dr Gunjan Gupte, to train in region.

“I had heard from people already working here that the New England/Northwest region is a good area to have your general practice training,” said Dr Gupte.

“My training experience has been excellent – from the teaching, to the supervision to the educational workshops,” she added.

With a background in psychiatry, Dr Gupte moved with her family to Tamworth in 2010 to pursue a career in general practice.

“The diversity in patients and lifestyle attracted me to the profession,” said Dr Gupte, “and gave me an opportunity to pursue an area of medicine that I am passionate about”.

“I like everything about the region”, she said. “From the town, traffic, people, lifestyle – it is a beautiful area to live.”

After completing her training, Dr Gupte intends to continue her career as a general practitioner.



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