Registrars aplenty in remote West Australian wilderness

A decade ago, the Kimberley Aboriginal Medical Services Council (KAMSC) lost the only registrar it had on the books and couldn’t find anyone willing to take on the demanding posts it offered at Broome, Derby, Halls Creek and Kununurra in Western Australia.

Now, the council is overwhelmed with offers and the struggle is on to accommodate every registrar who wants to join the program.

The difference, according to medical director Dr David Atkinson, is a focus on supervision, support, a wide mix of town and community-based practice and a tailored approach designed to meet the individual goals of each registrar.

“The program has been a very important way for us to increase the workforce in the four Aboriginal health services here,” he said.

“And we are able to offer the registrars, who quite naturally worry about getting good supervision and support, the time and assistance they need to get the most out of their time