Being inspired by knowledgeable and skilled GPs as a medical student put Dr Shani Rajasekera on the path to becoming a rural generalist; a specialist GP with additional specialist skills to better serve rural communities.
Dr Rajasekera is well on her way to completing her GP training with GP Synergy and has attained her specialist skills in emergency medicine, allowing her to use her skills at both Temora Medical Complex and Temora Hospital.
“I really enjoy the breadth of medicine you come across in general practice and particularly in rural generalism, you need to know more and do more,” Dr Rajasekera said
“Whilst it is really challenging you really get to expand your skills.
“Working in a rural town like Temora you do get to provide holistic care to patients whether that be in the GP office, the emergency department or hospital.
“Working alongside some very experienced and skilled practitioners is also a highlight.”
Dr Rajasekera is completing her specialist GP training through the Australian General Practice Training program, delivered in NSW and ACT by GP Synergy.
GP Synergy CEO, Georgina van de Water, said Dr Rajasekera is one of 67 GP trainees located across the Murrumbidgee region, with three in Temora.
“On average a typical full time equivalent GP trainee will see more than 5180 consultations a year, making a significant contribution to primary health care.
“Doctors training through the AGPT program are well supported with local delivery by medical education teams, and supervision from accredited local GPs, like those at Temora Medical Complex.
“Since 2002, more than 10,000 doctors have become specialist GPs through the program nationally,” Mrs van de Water said.
Dr Rajasekera is familiar with the region having undertaken her emergency medicine training at Wagga Wagga Base Hospital.
“Wagga Wagga’s Emergency Department is dedicated to upskilling rural generalists because they understand and support the important role GPs play in providing initial emergency care in rural towns,” Dr Rajasekera said.
“Moving here, I’ve found Temora to be a very friendly place and I also love being outside, and this region has some beautiful landscapes.
“Whether walking around Lake Centenary in Temora, the Wiradjuri Trail in Wagga Wagga, mountain biking or orienteering there are lots of ways to enjoy the region.”
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