Spotlight on the Mid West

The Midwest of WA boasts some of the most incredible natural and man made attractions in the country. It covers an area of more than 47,000 square kilometres, nearly a fifth of the state.

The population is concentrated along the coast with more than 70% living around Geraldton-Greenough. The area has a high Aboriginal population and an increasing proportion of aged people. Whilst the population is growing along the coast, the inland population has been declining slightly.

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The area boasts some stunning coastline with pristine, turquoise waters and white beaches. It lends itself to a host of sporting activities, especially water sports: Windsurfing, kite surfing, surfing, fishing, diving and swimming are popular choices for the energetic while those looking to relax will love laz-ing on the white sandy beaches, strolling its shorelines or wading in the shallows.  The climate around the coast is predominantly Mediterranean with mild winters, balmy Autumn eve-nings, summers cooled by regular sea breezes and spring bursting with the freshness of wildflowers blooming under perfect blue skies.

The tour begins in Cervantes and the Pinnacles—an easy two and a half hour drive from Perth, heading north along the WA coast.  Venture further north and you will reach Dongara—a historic, sleepy town with a friendly feel and great beaches. The own has a population of around 2,700 and has an active pastoral and fishing industry.  Travel another 50 kilometres and you reach Geraldton, the capital of Western Australia's Midwest and gateway to the magnificent Abrolhos Islands.  The City of Greater Geraldton-Greenough has an estimated population at June 2010 of 36,958, and is the regional hub for mining, fishing, wheat, sheep and tourism.  Continue travelling north and you soon reach Kalbarri—a very popular tourist destination with world class surfing and magnificent gorges, followed by Carnarvon with its tropical fruit and then Monkey Mia with its famous dolphins.

In fact, the whole of the Midwest boasts an array of activities that are almost too numerous and varied to mention: Coral Bay snorkelling, Exmouth star watching, Mount Magnet gold pro-specting, Steep Point fishing, Murchison River billabongs, Juri-en Bay parachuting, wildflowers etc. etc... 

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The city has undergone a major transformation that has reshaped the heart of the city. The central business district went through a $25m facelift which turned the city to face its magnificent shores. Walk trails, interpretive signs and landscaped gardens are lining the beachfront, while more alfresco dining establishments serving local seafood delicacies and shopping outlets grace the streets over-looking the foreshore.

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Apart from these natural and man made attractions, there are numerous professional reasons why a trainee registrar would find the Midwest an appealing area to train:

  • A diversity of population providing a good mix of cases .

  • Great procedural medicine—emergency, obstetrics and anaesthetics.

  • Extensive resident specialist backup and support, with too many visiting specialists to men-tion!

  • A choice of hospitals—public and private.

  • Postgraduate educational talks every Friday.

  • Educational workshops. Past workshops include CPR, advanced life support, eyes and foe-tal management.

As well as comprehensive training and education, a social support network encourages registrars and their families to integrate with each other and into the local community. Recent activities include Abrolhos Island trips, family days, Australia Vs. the World cricket days and fundraising Wild West cycling rides. All of these activities have helped the registrars enjoy their time in the region.

There are always places available for registrars at a number of practices in the region: 

  • Batavia Health.

  • Geraldton Medical Group.

  • Midwest Aero Medical.

  • Geraldton Regional Aboriginal Medical Services.

  • Victoria Dictrict Medical Centre.

  • University Medical Practice.

  • Carnarvon Medical Centre.

  • Dongara Medical Centre.

  • RFDS Meekatharra.


Dr Stu Adamson, Regional Training Advisor for the Mid West

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