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The Mount Morgan community now boasts its first ever General Practice (GP) registrar with the arrival of a new doctor this month, as part of a James Cook University (JCU) program training GPs across North Western Queensland.
Dr Kenny Parra 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 Parra 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 Brisbane recently.
He will split his time between training at Mount Morgan Medical and the Mount Morgan Hospital, and brings more than a decade of postgraduate training and practical experience in cardio thoracics, intensive care, and aero medical medicine to his new role.
Originally from Columbia, Dr Parra has spent more than a decade working in hospital intensive care units across Australia and the Royal Flying Doctor Service, and is now looking forward to going back to his registrar roots and providing medical support to the Mount Morgan community.
“I have found myself very specialised in one particular area so I wanted to get back into the community and interact with patients on a different level,” he said of his career move to becoming a GP.
“Once I got a job in a clinic I found there were a few options for GP training. Fortunately enough I am only half an hour out of Rockhampton and GMT has an office in Rockhampton so it’s really helpful because I can talk to someone locally and I can go to my training every week or second week there.
“My goal is to also complete my anaesthetics training so I can combine being a rural GP with anaesthetics.
“There is so much to look forward to.”
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 Kenny Parra is looking forward to settling into his new role in Mount Morgan.