Flinders NT Regional Training Hub hosted a Junior Medical Officers (JMO) networking evening on Thursday 28th June 2018. Medical students, JMOs, General Practitioners, consultants from the Alice Springs Hospital representing Paediatrics, Psychology and Surgery and representatives from NT General Practice Education (NTGPE) attended the event.
The consultants spoke of their passion for their chosen careers, what attracted them to working in remote areas and gave a personalised account of their pathways that led them to work in Alice Springs. A common theme was that working in Alice Springs provided exposure to a wide and interesting range of experiences and sub specialties that would not be available in larger city based hospitals.
Dr Samuel Heard, Medical Director of the Regional Training Hub, Central Australia spoke of the work being undertaken by the Hub and invited the audience to ask questions and to provide some insight into what support they needed to assist them to remain working and undertake specialist training in Central Australia. Attendees had the opportunity to network and talk in a less formal manner about specialised post-graduate medical training in the Territory.
A big thank you to those who contributed to the success of the event. Flinders NT Regional Training Hub looks forward to hosting further events and working with key stakeholders and NT health services to strengthen opportunities in post-graduate medical training, working towards a sustainable, skilled medical workforce for the Territory.