Spotlight on the Mid West
What are the best 3 statements you would use to describe the attractiveness of your region?
The Mid West is one of the last hidden gems outside of Perth; with a Mediterranean climate, it is a region of contrasts from the deserted white sandy beaches of Kalbarri to the undulating green farm land of Mingenew and rugged station bush of Meekatharra.
It has a vibrant diversified economy, from large wind farms in Walkaway to sheep shearing in Cue, mining in Yalgoo to rock lobster fishing in Geraldton, oil drilling in Dongara to the banana plantations of Carnarvon.
The vastness of the region and sparse population is contrasted by the great friendliness and strong community spirit of the people of the area.
What are the top reasons that registrars would want to be placed in your region?
The Mid West offers registrars a smorgasbord of educational experience whereby you can work 9am-5pm five days a week with no on call commitment through to opportunities to do GP obstetrics, GP anaesthetics, GP paediatric sessions, A+E sessions in the private and public hospitals - all in a structured, supported, well remunerated environment.
You have the option of admitting rights to the private hospital whereby you can manage your less acute patients in a hospital environment.
The practices in the region are state of the art facilities, providing high quality accommodation, 24/7 supervision and support for their registrars with excellent teaching packages.
The region is growing and looking forward to having more young, able general practitioners.
Work is a 5 minute commute away punctuated by a swim in the Indian Ocean.
Last semester we undertook an educational weekend in the setting of Shark Bay; this semester it is a Mine and Farm Safety weekend taking in the region’s wildflowers en route.
What/who could be thought of as your Region’s hidden treasure?
The hidden treasure is that although the practices are highly competitive, there is unity in the effort to provide a superb cross practice regional teaching experience.
There is a constant environment of innovation to optimise the regions resources; although geographically isolated this is more than compensated for by being at the cutting edge of modern general practice.
Is there anything else you think we should know?
The current Mid West Regional Advisory Committee is fortunate to have the likes of Stuart Adamson who has spearheaded registrar training for the last 6 years, Kim Pedlow who’s passion is the development of GP paediatrics, Tonya Constantine who is also involved in the Rural Clinical School, Naomi Brooks working in Aboriginal Health and myself, James Quirke, the new Regional Training Advisor as of July 2012.
We are fortunate to backed up by Jodie Green and Fred Block of the Goldfields Midwest Medicare Local.
Laura Spring is our new, enthusiastic WAGPET Regional Program Manager and we are all being guided by Denise Findlay, our experienced Education Consultant.
We intend, as a group, to push the registrar educational experience in the Mid West to become second to none.