Griffith provided a warm welcome on Thursday night to doctors who are training in Griffith and surrounds to become specialist GPs.
General practice training provider, GP Synergy, brought together more than 50 local health professionals and community representatives for a networking event to help GP registrars meet locals and better settle into the area.
Mr John Oldfield, GP Synergy’s CEO welcomed guests, including Griffith Mayor John Dal Broi, encouraging them to get to know the GP registrars who are training in general practices in Griffith, Leeton, Deniliquin and Narrandera.
“Three doctors have moved to the area this term, joining the 20 doctors who are in the later stages of training.
“The doctors train under the supervision of local GPs in their clinics,” Mr Oldfield said.
Dr Gayathri Kosaka, who is in the later stages of her training at Your Health Griffith, chose to train as a rural GP so she could offer continuity of care to her patients, as well as practice obstetrics her field of interest.
“I grew up in southern India and in my final year of medical school I married, and my husband and I decided to come to Australia.
“We had moved to Griffith, as I was working at Griffith Base Hospital before I applied for GP training, so GP training here in Griffith has worked out very well.
“Being a small town, people know you better and when I meet them on the street, I feel rewarded for my work.
“I enjoy working and living in Griffith, it’s easy to live here with little children, and I can drive around and not get into a traffic jam!”
“I’m planning to stay in a rural area upon finishing my training, so I’ll be able to practice obstetrics along with general practice,” Dr Kosaka said.
Mr Oldfield explained that GP Synergy is committed to supporting registrars and their supervisors to ensure that the GPs starting their careers receive the best medical training.
“We also provide assistance to registrars moving to rural locations to settle in, and this event is a good opportunity for the new doctors and their partners to meet locals and make connections in the community,” Mr Oldfield said.