New doctors find their feet
HELPING HAND: Dr Rachel Collings with Dr Tom Volkman and Dr Carl O’Kane T OWNSVILLE’S j u n i o r doctors are being given a helping hand with the new Doctors for Doctors program.
The mentoring program allows newer staff members to join with more experienced doctors to help them find their feet in their early years.
Junior house officer Dr Rachel Collings said the program was aimed at helping doctors grow confi- dence and achieve a worklife balance.
‘‘. . . the idea of having a more experienced doctor to mentor just me was the seed for this program,’’ she said.
The hospital’s director of clinical training Dr Carl O’Kane said the program was informative and enabled the hospital to support the junior doctors.
Dr O’Kane is responsible for the clinical training of more than 100 interns and residents. He said junior staff members at Townsv i l l e Hospit a l had t he unique experience of clinical r ot at i ons, not only across the hospital, but also at rural hospitals and GP surgeries.
‘‘ This helps young doctors get a broader perspective of their future options f o r a c a r e e r i n North Queensland,’’ he said.