Settling into Narooma, Dr Paul Barnett is looking forward to training as a rural GP, as well as indulging in the odd game of golf and catching a wave.
Dr Barnett is starting his GP training at the Narooma Lighthouse Surgery and the Bermagui Medical Centre.
“Being a GP for me is about working in smaller communities, and country GPs see a wider array of patient presentations,” Dr Barnett said.
Dr Barnett will join 22 doctors from across South Eastern NSW, who are beginning their training to specialise as rural GPs, at a workshop in Canberra this week.
The general practice education workshop is run by local training provider GP Synergy. At the workshop the new GP registrars will cover topics from common paediatrics to chronic disease and good communication skills.
“Rural GP registrars need a diverse set of skills and knowledge,” said GP Synergy Director of Education and Training Dr Vanessa Moran.
“To support the registrars to become fellowed GPs we deliver regionalised training by local medical education teams, based on both local and national population health needs.”
GP Synergy is funded by the Australian Government through the Australian General Practice Training (AGPT) program to deliver vocational GP training to doctors seeking to specialise as general practitioners.
Training to be a GP generally takes three to four years in a combination of hospital and general practice settings.
After initially working as a research scientist Dr Barnett decided to study medicine.
“I really liked research science, it’s interesting but can be quite isolating, and I wanted more challenges,” he said.
“Medicine offers both science and interpersonal interactions. I also thought about working in hospitals but general practice provides continuity of care to patients over time, I also like the flexibility it offers – being able to live in a beautiful place like Narooma.
“Narooma is very compatible with my hobbies of surfing and golf, and having studied medicine in Tasmania the water temperature should be better!”
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