Doctors who have moved to Port Macquarie and surrounds, to train to become specialist GPs, received a warm welcome on Tuesday night.
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 settle into the area.
Mr John Oldfield, GP Synergy’s CEO welcomed guests, encouraging them to get to know the GP registrars who are training in general practices in Kempsey, Port Macquarie, Wauchope, North Haven and Laurieton.
“Four doctors have moved to the local area this term, joining the 21 doctors who are in the later stages of training.
“The doctors train under the supervision of local GPs in their clinics,” Mr Oldfield said.
Local GP Dr Murray Schofield, originally from Sydney, trained as a GP in Port Macquarie, stayed on after qualifying as a GP and is now also a GP supervisor at Ocean Drive Family Practice in North Haven.
“I had fantastic support and guidance during training and I’m really grateful to all who have assisted me on the journey.
“In turn, I was motivated to become a GP supervisor to be able to contribute to the development of other doctors and help them with their GP journey, it also gives me the opportunity for lifelong skills maintenance and education whilst building collegial networks.
“Also, Port Macquarie is an awesome place to live and work, a friendly and happy community surrounded by beautiful bushland and ocean escapes,” Dr Schofield 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.