Indigenous health clinic start-up wins plaudits for savvy GP registrar

GP REGISTRAR Dr Elly Warren is now back in Sydney after a recent placement in Bathurst, but she has left her mark on the town by establishing a clinic for some of its more vulnerable patients. 

Her work also earned her a nomination in the Medical Observer/GPET Registrar of the Year Award – something she described as “a lovely surprise”.

During her time at the Busby Medical Centre in Bathurst, NSW, Dr Warren noticed a lack of primary healthcare initiatives for Indigenous patients. 

Her response was to develop an Aboriginal health clinic at the medical centre.

“The nearest service was in Orange, which was a 40-minute drive away. I began talking with patients and local health workers about what could be done to help,” she said.

The first clinic will be run next week, and Dr Warren said she hoped it would demonstrate how viable front-line Aboriginal healthcare could be provided.