Tharawal AMS celebrates 8 years of training GPs in Aboriginal health - GP Synergy

Tharawal AMS celebrates 8 years of training GPs in Aboriginal health

This year, Tharawal Aboriginal Medical Service celebrates eight years of helping train doctors to become GPs.Dr_Anne-Murphy_NSW_GP_Training_GP_Synergy_Aboriginal_Health_Lge

Over this period, 27 GP registrars have trained at the Aboriginal Medical Service (AMS) in Airds.

Located in one of Sydney’s lowest socio-economic areas, these placements are highly sought after by registrars who see them as a valuable opportunity to improve their skills in Aboriginal health, at the same time help close the healthcare gap between indigenous and non-indigenous communities.

GP Synergy and Tharawal AMS have a strong working relationship between Tharawal AMS and GP Synergy which plays a vital part of the post’s success.

Tharawal works closely with GP Synergy to develop the GP registrar and supervisor Aboriginal health programs to ensure GP registrars receive up-to-date and relevant training, and new opportunities to improve healthcare to Aboriginal communities can be explored.

Tharawal AMS Chief Executive Officer, Darryl C. Wright, says the benefits of being involved in GP training flow both ways.

He says GP registrars make important contributions to improving the health of the local Aboriginal community in Campbelltown and surrounding areas, such as improving waiting times, increasing the number of patients that can see a GP, and assisting in developing local health initiatives.

One of the several GP registrars currently training at Tharawal AMS is Dr Anne Murphy (pictured with patient Rita). She has enjoyed working there so much she has returned three times during her training.

In Anne’s own words she says: “Working at Tharawal AMS is a total treat. It is a happy place, filled with friendly, welcoming staff including a vast array of on-site specialists, allied health staff, Aboriginal health workers and GPs.

“Being able to train at an AMS like Tharawal is a unique opportunity to learn, at the same time make a difference to one of Australia’s most important health challenges,” she says.

Dr Michael Bonning, another GP registrar who has trained at the AMS agrees.

“The opportunity to train at an AMS has been career defining.

“Training at Tharawal AMS is a collaborative process where GP supervisors like Dr Tim Senior, work closely with registrars to hone their reflective skills and together develop innovative ideas for healthcare delivery,” he says.