HEALTHCARE services in the city received a boost, with Ochre Health welcoming five registrars to Bathurst this week.
The fully-qualified doctors will complete their training to become GP specialists at Ochre Medical Centre Bathurst. They include Dr Katrina Giskes and Dr Hajara Rashid, as well as returning registrars Dr John Trinidad, Dr Maria Rasool and Dr Anjala Rajendram.
The registrars are part of the Federal Government-funded Australian General Practice Training (AGPT) program, which provides vocational training for junior doctors wanting to specialise as GPs. Since 2018, Ochre Health has been training and placing registrars in regional medical centres throughout NSW, QLD and the ACT through the AGPT program.
Donna Corby, practice manager at Ochre Medical Centre Bathurst, says the practice has seen an increase in patient demand over the last few months.
“We have been in need of more medical practitioners, and so we are pleased to welcome the new and returning doctors to our community. The fact that some are returning to our practice to complete their GP training bears testament to the success of the program last year.”
Dr Katrina Giskes, who worked in the Sydney hospital system prior to moving to rural NSW, has recently completed a year in Cowra working as a GP registrar.
Dr Giskes says it is the hands-on experience of working in a regional community that inspired her to undertake the second year of her registrarship in Bathurst.
“As a regional GP registrar, there are variations wherever you work, which is hugely satisfying,” she said.
“It’s a very heart-warming feeling knowing that you’re providing assistance to local communities where it is needed most, and I’m looking forward to meeting local patients in the Bathurst community.”
Dr Giskes, who is also a qualified dietitian, will obtain a specialist general practice qualification – a Fellowship of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (FRACGP) – upon completion of her GP registrar placement in Bathurst.
Returning to Ochre Medical Centre Bathurst is Dr John Trinidad, who has more than 10 years’ experience as an emergency medical officer. Dr Trinidad sites the community aspect of rural medicine as his primary reason for returning to the practice to complete his registrarship.
“Bathurst is a great place to live and work, with a strong community spirit. The Bathurst practice has professional and very efficient staff as well as up-to-date facilities. I’m very much looking forward to returning to work there to complete my GP training,” Dr Trinidad said.