Registrars need reconciling to way of rural life

APART from a few Melbourne Cup sweeps, the first and last bet I made was a dollar on a horse called Sospel at the 1971 Randwick Spring Carnival. It came in at 50 to one. In those days $4 would fill a tank of petrol, so it was a sizeable win.

Straight afterwards I hopped on the bus home, did the Higher School Certificate and then went bush for a couple of months, carting hay, riding horses, swimming in rivers and soaking up country life. It was a life-changing experience that convinced me I didn’t want to live in the city, so I did medicine with rural practice always in mind.

I attended a forum session at the General Practice Registrars Australia conference in Canberra recently. Successive governments have fiddled with the number of training places but to its credit the current Federal Government has announced a doubling of places, with 900 places this year.

The Government has also continued support for the PGPPP (Pre-vocational General Practice

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