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Registrar Liaison Officers also play an important role in keeping GMT abreast of local and national registrar issues, represent GMT and their registrar peers on a number local and national committees including General Practice Registrars Australia, are represented on the GMT Strategic Leadership Council, and actively contribute to the GMT education program.
”There was a presentation by one of GMT’s Registrar Liaison Officer’s at my first training workshop which was very engaging,” he said from his current training post at the Sarina Hospital in the Mackay region, where he is a Senior Medical Officer.
“I had only recently started training in the GP registrar community within GMT but I’ve had a lot of experience in similar roles throughout my medical career so felt I had skills to offer that would be useful.”
“I want to make sure that they get through their first rural rotation with a positive experience.
“I was in their shoes two or three years ago so, I can relate very well and I try to help them through any difficulties they are having. In my experience, most leave their rural rotation having loved it and wanting more.”
“I was an intern at Proserpine Hospital for six months and I still rate that rotation as one of my best training experiences to date.
“The doctors at Proserpine were supportive, excellent teachers and great role models. I was impressed how they all seemed to possess endless fountains of knowledge and their diverse range of skills when I came to patient care was enviable, to say the least.
“That’s what I want to and try to emulate as a training registrar as well as a supervisor,” he said.
“Being a Senior Medical Officer means you’re taking more of a leadership and senior decision-making role within the hospital. It’s been a big step up and I’m really enjoying it.”
“I also now have formal responsibilities supervising and training junior doctors and medical students which is great.”
“We provide input on policy development as well as highlight new developments within GP training which help develop policies and position statements on issues such as rural GP training, registrar selection and placement, the program regulations and in particular the National Terms and Conditions for the Employment of Registrars.
“I love having the opportunity to contribute to those discussions.”