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GP Registrars welcomed to town

Eight dinners, eight towns and over 200 guests have welcomed GP Registrars to their new homes as they set up for their six-month placements across the Hunter, New England, and Central Coast Regions.

The Workforce Registrar Network Dinners, initiated and driven by the Hunter New England Central Coast Primary Health Network (The PHN), were launched as a welcome to the trainee doctors as they set up in their new hometown, for the next few months.

The welcome dinners have been held across August in Cessnock, Central Coast, Inverell, Newcastle, Armidale, Narrabri, Tamworth and Tuncurry, with representatives from The PHN, GP Synergy, Rural Doctors Network, the Central Coast LHD and Hunter New England LHD in addition to each town’s Mayor.

The PHN Chief Executive Officer, Richard Nankervis is pleased to see the optimism across the region provided by the registrars. “In a time where our rural and remote communities are feeling the stress of GP shortages, our Registrar Network Dinners are providing a glimmer of hope as communities across the region welcome the registrars and put their best foot forward.”

“The dinners provide the community with an opportunity to come together, to welcome the new registrars and share with them what our towns have to offer. For some of the registrars it’s their first extended trip away from their hometown so it’s equally important to provide them with connections so they can access support when they need it.”

As a part of their GP training, students must complete four placements at different practices.
The registrars are providing encouraging feedback.

“I am Term 3 GP Registrar, and I had a great chat with team members from the PHN and got some excellent information about the Hunter Manning region which will help me to choose my next practice allocation. It was really a fun night. Thanks to The PHN for organising the dinner.”

“Thank you very much for organising this event. I had a great time. Meeting new people and learning what’s done in other GP clinics was a very enlightening experience.”

Following the success of the recent dinners, The PHN will continue to welcome registrars through dinners at the commencement of each six-month placement.


For more information: Rebecca Brennan, Communications and Public Relations Manager 0437 478 138

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