10 August 2017
New GP generation ready to deliver better health outcomes.
Thursday, 10 August 2017
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Adelaide, South Australia
Communities across South Australia will welcome a new generation of general practitioners (GPs).
On Monday 7 August, 20 new general practice registrars (GPs in training) commenced their roles as GPs in practices across the state. They join the growing numbers to undertake their specialist training in general practice, with more than half deciding to work in rural communities.
Christine Cook, Chief Executive Officer of GPEx, the South Australian general practice training provider, said that it is wonderful to welcome more doctors working across South Australia, especially in rural and regional locations.
“GPEx is committed to the recruitment, placement and retention of registrars into the rural GP pipeline, so it is a delight to see more than 50% of our new registrars are placed rurally.”
“Registrars bring new skills, technical expertise and enthusiasm for providing the best possible healthcare. This will deliver better health outcomes for patients in regional communities – and hopefully, in the long term, help address the rural workforce shortage that some areas experience.”
Born and bred in Port Lincoln, new registrar Dr Anna Kearney looks forward to returning to her hometown and engaging with her community.
“Continuity of care is something that strongly drew me to general practice. I cannot wait to know and treat all the members of the same family; to deliver more than one child to a family; to help an elderly relative.”
“Knowing the socio-economic fabric that intertwines your community is vital.”
Anna will practise at the Investigator Clinic, along with continuing registrars Dr Jonathan Heng, Dr Scott Marschall and Dr Carol Ritchie.
They are just a few of the 400+ registrars currently training with GPEx.
GPEx is the South Australian Training Organisation that delivers general practice training to doctors selected to specialise in General Practice in Australia. GPEx is a provider of the Australian General Practice Training Program that is funded by the Australian Government Department of Health.
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