Doctors who have moved to Orange and surrounds, to train to become specialist GPs, had the opportunity to meet locals on Tuesday night.
General practice training provider, GP Synergy, brought together 50 local health professionals and community representatives, for a networking event to help GP registrars settle into the area.
Mrs Georgina van de Water, GP Synergy’s Deputy CEO welcomed guests, encouraging them to get to know the GP registrars who are training in general practices in Orange, Cowra, Molong, Parkes and Forbes.
“Two doctors have moved to the area this term, joining 25 doctors who are in the later stages of their training.
“During their training, the GP registrars work and train in the community under the supervision of local GPs,” Mrs van de Water said.
Local GP, Dr Hugh Le Lievre, completed his GP training in Orange and is now practising at the Orange Aboriginal Medical Service where he is also supervising a GP registrar.
“I grew up in regional and rural NSW, so working outside a metropolitan area is a natural fit for me.
“I love providing continuity of care to patients and their families and being immersed in the local community.
“During my training, I always tried to stay one step ahead in terms of understanding training expectations and opportunities and was able to formalise this by becoming a registrar liaison officer for Western NSW so I could advocate for registrars facing challenges.
“I was fortunate to be mentored by highly respected local GPs during my training.
“Circumstances this year have meant that I have found myself in their shoes as a GP supervisor a little sooner than planned, however I am really enjoying the role, and I feel very lucky that I’m able to assist doctors as they work to become GPs whilst enjoying the great lifestyle we have in the Central West,” Dr Le Lievre said.
Mrs van de Water said 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,” Mrs van de Water said.