Medi­cos lov­ing Dou­glas

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

A PAS­SION for work­ing with people at­tracted Dr Daria Ro­manik to medicine.

Dr Ro­manik is one of six doc­tors com­plet­ing gen­eral prac­ti­tioner train­ing in the Dou­glas Shire through James Cook Univer­sity’s Gen­er­al­ist Med­i­cal Train­ing (GMT) pro­gram.

Dr Ro­manik splits her time be­tween the Moss­man District Hos­pi­tal and the Apunip­ima Moss­man Gorge Pri­mary Health Care Cen­tre.

Dr Louise Craig, a GP based at Apunip­ima, has been su­per­vis­ing GP reg­is­trars for five years, and says it’s ex­cit­ing to see a new gen­er­a­tion of doc­tors choos­ing to train in the area.

“Through the GMT train­ing pro­gram, we are build­ing the pipe­line and en­cour­ag­ing more GPs to base them­selves out­side of the ma­jor cities,” she said.

“I feel priv­i­leged to be in­volved in help­ing guide these doc­tors through their train­ing.”

Dr Craig thanks the com­mu­nity for the im­por­tant role it plays in sup­port­ing ju­nior doc­tors. “It takes a whole com­mu­nity ef­fort and we ap­pre­ci­ate the sup­port of people in the Moss­man Gorge com­mu­nity,” she said.

Dr Ro­manik says she en­joys be­ing part of the Moss­man com­mu­nity.

“My pas­sion in life is work­ing with people. I love hear­ing people’s sto­ries and hav­ing a con­nec­tion to people. Work­ing as a ru­ral doc­tor, you have a won­der­ful sense of com­mu­nity,” she says.

Dr Ro­manik’s ca­reer goal is to work in pe­di­atric medicine in an Abo­rig­i­nal or Tor­res Strait Is­lan­der com­mu­nity.

Gen­er­al­ist Med­i­cal Train­ing (GMT) is a unit within James Cook Univer­sity’s Col­lege of Medicine and Den­tistry and is con­tracted by the Aus­tralian Depart­ment of Health to de­liver the Aus­tralian Gen­eral Prac­tice Train­ing pro­gram in re­gional Queens­land.

The AGPT pro­gram is a vo­ca­tional train­ing pro­gram for med­i­cal grad­u­ates pur­su­ing a ca­reer in Gen­eral Prac­tice. For more de­tails about GMT, call 1300 823 874 or visit

Dr Daria Ro­manik, GMT Gen­eral Prac­tice Reg­is­trar, is en­joy­ing work­ing in the Moss­man com­mu­nity.

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