Campaign to lure bush GPs
A love of rural medicine has seen a Karratha-based junior medical practitioner become the star of a new vignette promoting country health placements.
Bunbury-born Emma Jones took on a community residency program at Nickol Bay Hospital to pursue a long-term interest in rural medicine.
Ms Jones said opportunities in rural work provided an exciting and challenging experience not available in the city.
“When you’re a junior doctor working in the hospital system, you don’t have many chances to work in general practice prior to applying to a GP training program,” she said.
“One of the greatest benefits of the Community Residency Program is giving you the variety in clinical experience in a setting where you have the opportunity to try out new skills.
“The program has definitely made me a much more competent and a more confident independent practitioner.”
Rural Health West workforce general manager Kelli Porter said the CRP was instrumental in giving junior doctors a better understanding of rural general practice.
“It’s always changing, you’re always learning,” she said.
“It is a great opportunity to go to a rural location, to see how medicine is done outside of Perth and be part of a really nice rural hospital that has a friendly atmosphere.”
The new vignette can be viewed on the Rural Health West website.