The aim of the visit was to build a greater understanding and awareness of the physical and mental health challenges in rural areas, and formed part their GP education program with local training provider, GP Synergy.
“The farm day is an important component of the rural education program because not all rural GPs have a rural background, and of those that do, not all have lived on a farm,” says GP Synergy’s Director of Education and Training, Dr Graham Lee.
“Farms are unique places to work and live. Visiting a farm and seeing how it works – the type of equipment used, terrain and distances involved – is important for rural doctors in understanding the physical and mental health impacts on farmers and their families.”
During the visit, GP registrars undertook a tour of the farm, viewing livestock and machinery. They also had the opportunity to talk with the Dennis family, who own the farm.
“For some years we have welcomed the opportunity to host GP registrars in a farming situation,” says Mrs Dennis.
“We hope to make them aware of the challenges and risk inherent in 21st century farming.”
One GP registrar, Dr Madhusudan Mahadevan (pictured), found the visit a positive and unique learning opportunity.
“Today has been a fantastic experience that I would recommend to any doctor working in a rural town,” he says.
“It was great to learn more about common farm injuries in a practical environment.”
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