DOCTORS who have moved to Bathurst and surrounds to train to become specialist GPs received a warm welcome this week.
GP Synergy, a general practice training provider funded by the Australian Government, brought together more than 60 local health professionals and special guests for a networking event to help GP registrars settle into the area.
GP Synergy deputy CEO Georgina van de Water welcomed guests, encouraging them to get to know the GP registrars who are training in general practices in Bathurst, Oberon and Lithgow.
“Three doctors have moved to the local area this term, joining the 25 doctors who are in the later stages of training,” Mrs van de Water said.
“All are training under the supervision of local GPs.
“GP Synergy is committed to supporting registrars and their supervisors to ensure that the GPs starting their careers receive the best medical training.
“We also provide assistance to registrars moving to rural locations to settle in, and this event is a good opportunity for the new doctors and their partners to meet locals and make connections in the community.”
Dr Marcus Hayward, who is in his second term of GP training at Busby Medical Practice, said he is “enjoying working with amazing doctors and role models, getting to know patients and being valued as someone people feel they can turn to for help”.
“The Bathurst lifestyle is great, without traffic or commuting, the people are welcoming and, of course, my family enjoys the Adventure Playground,” he said.
“I'm definitely hoping to stay in Bathurst.”