Feb 15
Rural Doctors in Orange for specialist training

The Western NSW Local Health District (WNSWLHD) has held the first Obstetric Workshop, as part of NSW Rural Generalist Medical Training Program, delivered by the Health and Education and Training Institute (HETI).


The two day workshop was held at Orange Health Service, for doctors enrolled to do their Advanced Skills Training to become Rural Generalist Obstetricians in NSW.

State-wide Director of Training NSW Rural Generalist and GP Procedural Training Programs (NSWRGTP), Dr Louise Baker said, “Some people spend Valentine’s Day delivering roses, these six doctors spent the weekend learning how to deliver babies”.

“There were six doctors trained over the weekend including three from across the Western NSW Local Health District from Bathurst, Orange and Dubbo. The three others travelled from Moruya Queanbeyan, and Tweed Heads. 

The training covered delivering a baby, managing common obstetric emergencies and caring for a newborn in the event they need resuscitation

The doctors were supported by a team of trainers, including local Rural Generalist Obstetricians, Dr Kelly Bradley, Rural Director of Training NSWRGTP, Teena Downton and State-wide Director of Training NSW Rural Generalist and GP Procedural Training Programs (NSWRGTP), Dr Louise Baker.

“The Doctors were supported by staff from Orange Base Hospital included Specialist Obstetrician and Head of Department, Dr Ronald Vaughan, Specialist Paediatricians, Dr Allan Kerrigan, Anna Elder and Midwife and Simulation Lab Coordinator, Michelle Johnston.

“The training team was also supported by John Flynn Scholar medical student, Melanie Bird.

“This weekend of education and training has given the doctors an opportunity to hit the ground running in Obstetrics care. In twelve months’ time it will lead to more Rural Generalist Obstetricians working in rural NSW, “said Dr Baker.