Murrumbidgee Local Health District has welcomed the very first trainees on the Murrumbidgee Rural Generalist Training Pathway in Cootamundra, Gundagai, Temora, Wagga Wagga and Young this week.
Dr Maggie-Kate Minogue joined the Gundagai Medical Centre as part of her rural practice training. She will also work in the Gundagai Multi-Purpose Service Emergency Department as a Visiting Medical Officer (VMO) under the guidance of Dr Paul Mara and Dr Maya Eamus.
Maggie-Kate hails from Harden and says returning to the region is a homecoming.
“I’m really drawn to rural medicine because I’m a country girl at heart,” said Maggie-Kate. “I feel connected to country communities and a sense of fulfilment which comes from caring for rural people.”
Maggie-Kate has undertaken work placements previously in Gundagai and more recently Deniliquin.
Also joining the program in Temora is Dr Jo Murphy, while Dr Rhiannon Baldwin joins the practice in Young and Dr Sylvia Lim has arrived in Cootamundra. Dr Ariah Steel has taken up her trainee position, commencing in the Wagga Wagga Emergency Department.
The Murrumbidgee Rural Generalist Training Pathway offers trainees the ben-efits of a single employer and certainty about location, income and working con-ditions for the duration of the pathway.
“We were so pleased to meet and wel-come all the trainees as they arrived on their first day this week,” said MLHD Chief Executive Jill Ludford. “This heralds a historic landmark in the way we recruit and support the careers of junior doctors aspiring to become rural generalists in our region.”
Junior doctors on the Murrumbidgee Rural Generalist Training Pathway are given the experience, exposure and qualifications they need to become rural generalists in a nurturing environment with access to senior quality supervisors and preferred placements.
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