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Better prognosis for GP levels as more train here

THERE are fresh hopes the region’s dire shortage of GPs may be alleviated as the number of doctors completing their GP training in the New England North West has tripled in the past five years.

BRIGHT SPARK: Dr Rebecca Mair has recently completed her GP training and will remain in Tamworth to practise medicine.

Local general practice training provider, GP Synergy chief executive John Oldfield, said the number of GP registrars training in the region had skyrocketed from 10 in 2009 to 31 in 2014.

With 37 doctors expected for next year’s intake, Mr Oldfield said the figures promised a bright future for primary healthcare in the region.

Dr Rebecca Mair has recently completed her GP training and she intends to stay and work in Tamworth.

She started her medical training at Tamworth hospital and has been working in the region for the past 16 years, taking up the GP Synergy training program in 2011 and using her skills in Tamworth and Manilla.

Dr Mair said her career in rural medicine was “very rewarding”.

“As a rural GP, you are exposed to every type of Australian demographic and every area of medicine,” she said.

“This provides variety, and enriches the experience of coming to work each day.

“Rural life is simple and yet so full of opportunity – social and sporting, cultural and career, as well as great educational options for children.”

Dr Mair was one of 18 doctors to be congratulated at a dinner hosted by GP Synergy in Tamworth last Friday night.

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