Cam­paign to lure bush GPs

Pilbara News - - News - Tom Zaun­mayr

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.

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