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RVTS training update – Winter/Spring 2022

This year is more than halfway done...and so much has been achieved! RVTS Director of Training, Dr Ronda Gurney, provides an update from the hard-working RVTS Medical Education team.

Changing things, one step at a time:
Meet the inspiring Marlene Drysdale,
RVTS Cultural Educator

Professor Marlene Drysdale's work at RVTS is critical in shaping a health system that is culturally safe and welcoming for First Nations people. In doing so, she draws upon her own remarkable life.

Incredible journey:
Two RVTS alumni, three kids, two dachshunds…and their path to rural practice

Dr Erin Hawkey and Dr Ian Murphy completed their advanced Rural Generalist training through RVTS and recently fellowed as FACRRMs. With a young family – not to mention two dachshunds – life is busy!

RVTS Targeted Recruitment:
A game-changer for rural communities

The RVTS Targeted Recruitment Strategy has been a huge success in boosting the recruitment of doctors in locations of high medical workforce need. RVTS’s Veeraja Uppal explains why.

“Bula!” in Boggabri – a Fijian doctor’s Targeted Recruitment experience

Originally from Fiji,
Dr Salma Hanif moved to the small town of Boggabri in north-west NSW as part of RVTS’s Targeted Recruitment pathway. She's loved the GP training and the welcoming locals too!

Five minutes with Dr Vlad Matic

Outgoing RVTS Board Director, Dr Vlad Matic, is an icon of the rural medical community and has brought a wealth of experience to the RVTS Board. He took time out to answer some questions for us!

Delivered on time:
A truckie’s son…a future doctor

Back in the late '90s, Geraint Lenegan used to deliver groceries with his semi-trailer to Aboriginal communities in remote WA. His son Jarrad is now an RVTS registrar at Broome and Fitzroy Crossing.

Reflections from the ’flight deck’:
Dr Pat Giddings on the past, present and future of RVTS

RVTS CEO, Dr Pat Giddings, caught the Rural Medicine bug early in his career and hasn’t looked back – and 21 years after taking the helm at RVTS, he continues to be equally passionate about that too.

An exciting start to the RVTS training year!

The beginning of a new year is always an exciting time and 2022 has been no exception, writes RVTS’s Director of Training, Dr Ronda Gurney.

From counter insurgents to quiet rural nights:
One doctor’s passion for an outback town

Dr Sirisha Potti had an adventurous start to her medical career, working as a doctor with the Indian Army in the troubled regions of Jammu and Kashmir before moving to a remote town in NSW.

Recognising equity, diversity and the many contributions of women

The month of March featured three important events on our calendar which are strongly embraced by RVTS and the wider RVTS family.

For our people and for Australia:
an RVTS registrar, her Sudanese colleagues...and the COVID frontline

Dr Ahlam Ibrheem never expected that, a decade after moving to Australia, she would be a driving force in helping Sydney’s Sudanese community to get safely through a global pandemic.

Epic journey to general practice:
A global quest and a dream fulfilled…in a remote Australian fishing village

After moving from his native Pakistan to Canada, and then to Queensland, Dr Mubashar Sherazi finally found his ‘pot of gold’ working as a GP registrar at Mallacoota on Victoria’s north-east coast.

Quick fire questions:
Dr Rohana Wanasinghe

Dr Rohana Wanasinghe is a Rural Generalist surgeon and practice principal in Narrabri, north-west NSW. He trained with RVTS to gain his FRACGP in 2015, and is now an RVTS supervisor.

And that’s a wrap!

In this end of year update, RVTS Director of Training, Dr Ronda Gurney, shares her views on the year that was...and how RVTS fared in navigating the uncertainties of COVID.
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