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Maleny’s medical workforce is set to expand with the arrival of a new doctor as part of a James Cook University (JCU) program training general practitioners across North Western Queensland.
Dr Wei Ching (Wayne) Lee is one of more than 130 doctors state-wide who were inducted into JCU’s specialist GP training program, Generalist Medical Training (GMT) last week.
The doctors will fill much-needed places in clinics and hospitals across regional and remote Queensland.
Dr Lee attended a GMT introductory workshop on the Sunshine Coast last week, and said he is looking forward to settling into his new community after making the move from Rockhampton to Mooloolah Valley recently.
He will split his time between training at the Medicine on Maple GP clinic in Maleny and the Maleny Soldiers Memorial Hospital, and brings two years of postgraduate training in hospital rotations and critical care to his new role.
“I’m really looking forward to meeting the local team, getting regular contact with the local people and integrating into the community. Maleny is a beautiful place. The people have been really nice so far and I’m excited about helping the local community and learning alongside my colleagues too,” Dr Lee said.
“I am really passionate about connecting with people and learning about their needs,” he said of his attraction to train as a GP.
“I believe that being a GP is about more than just the clinical knowledge but also taking a holistic approach to care. We don’t just look after people’s physical health, we also check in with them about their mental wellbeing. The continuity of care in general practice is what attracted me the most because you get to journey with your patients.
“It is just such a privilege to be part of their stories.”
GMT Director, Associate Professor Peta-Ann Teague said the new training GPs will help to fill workforce gaps in many parts of Queensland.
“JCU has coordinated the placement of new doctors from Thursday Island to Tewantin, Mount Isa to Maroochydore, and Cairns to Cloncurry,” Associate Professor Teague said.
"We dedicate time and resources to matching applicants with training posts that will benefit their careers as well as the community. The training posts in our region provide the opportunity to develop an extended scope of practice that goes beyond urban, office-based general practice," she said.
“I’m looking forward to seeing these enthusiastic doctors make a real difference in their communities, particularly those communities who most need them.
“JCU has a strong record of producing a skilled workforce for northern Australia and this new cohort of GPs will add to that legacy."
GMT is JCU’s specialist training program for medical graduates pursuing a career in General Practice. JCU is contracted by the Australian Department of Health to deliver the AGPT program in North Western Queensland. For more information about Generalist Medical Training visit www.gmt.edu.au
Dr Wei Ching (Wayne) Lee looks forward to getting settled into his new role in Maleny.