Training program helping to bring general practitioners to country practices

COUNTRY PRACTICE: Trudi Beck (left) and Lee Jeffery are happy rural doctors.

COUNTRY PRACTICE: Trudi Beck (left) and Lee Jeffery are happy rural doctors.

LEE Jeffery and Trudi Beck did not grow up in Wagga, but after training here the two doctors love calling the city home.

Dr Beck is a general practice registrar training under the supervision of Dr Jeffery at the Peter Street Medical Centre through GP Synergy.

“I came to Wagga in my third year of medical school and met a fellow medical student here,” Dr Beck said.

“After moving away for further training we decided we couldn’t think of anywhere better to continue our careers and raise our kids.”

Dr Jeffery has been assisting with supervision in the medical practice for the past 12 to 18 months, and this is the first year she has been a primary supervisor for a registrar.

“GP registrars are the lifeblood of future rural general practice,” Dr Jeffery said.

“If we want to attract young doctors to meet the needs of rural communities, we need to give them the opportunity to see rural general practice as it is really practised, by rural GPs who are passionate about their work and the communities they live in.”

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