Great Lakes community welcomes trainee GPs

GP Synergy’s CEO John Oldfield, Taree GP Dr Trevor Banks and MidCoast mayor Cr David West at the Taree gathering.
GP Synergy’s CEO John Oldfield, Taree GP Dr Trevor Banks and MidCoast mayor Cr David West at the Taree gathering.

Getting to know members of the community can make all the difference when you move to a new town.

General practice training provider, GP Synergy, brought together local health professionals and community representatives for a networking event to help doctors who are training to become specialist GPs in Tuncurry, Forster,  Wingham and Taree settle into the area.

John Oldfield, GP Synergy’s CEO, welcomed guests including MidCoast mayor Cr David West, encouraging them to get to know the GP registrars who are training in general practices under the supervision of accredited GPs.

“Three doctors have started their training in this area this term, joining 21 doctors who are already in the later stages of training,” Mr Oldfield said.

Taree GP, Dr Trevor Banks, has been an accredited supervisor for many years and enjoys the professional interaction with younger colleagues.

“They also have much to teach me, and I hope that working in our practice provides them with a good training experience.

“I’ve been in general practice for 27 year, the most rewarding thing for me about being a GP is the cradle-to-grave relationship that develops between you and your patients and their families.

“I would recommend training in Taree as I believe there are good opportunities to learn a wide range of skills in some excellent practices.

“I love living in Taree, it’s been a wonderful place to raise a family, the people are very friendly and welcoming,” Dr Banks 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 want to ensure that GP registrars are fully supported during their 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.

“In our experience if GP registrars, and their families, enjoy their stay in a local community the chances they will stay on and practise are improved,” Mr Oldfield said.