NACCHO good news:Video to promote training in Aboriginal Medical Services to registrars in rural NSW


To promote the benefits of working and training in an Aboriginal Medical Service (AMS), Pius X AMS in Moree, Armajun AMS in Inverell and local general practice training provider, GP Synergy, have come together to develop a video showcasing the AMS training experience to GP registrars.

You can view the 16 minute VIDEO here

Across the country, many AMS facilities are involved in the education and training of GP registrars, who are qualified doctors undertaking specialist training in the field of general practice.

The general practice training program requires GP registrars to undertake training in a variety of hospital and community based settings, and this can include training in accredited AMS facilities.

To encourage more GP registrars to consider undertaking part of their training in a rural AMS facility, GP Synergy approached Armajun AMS and Pius X AMS to develop a promotional video showcasing the benefits of working and training in an AMS.

The video features interviews with GP registrars who have undertaken their training in the facilities, as well as interviews with GPs and AMS staff about their AMS experience.

“We wanted to be able to explain to GP registrars the benefits of training in a rural AMS and felt the best way to do this was for the registrars and staff to share their own personal AMS experiences,” said GP Synergy CEO John Oldfield.

Both AMS facilities were happy to take part in the initiative.

“Our involvement in the training program has shown that GP registrars training in AMS facilities can contribute enormously to the primary care health provision for local Aboriginal communities,” Said Armajun AMS CEO Debbie McCowen.

“We are happy to support any initiative that seeks to increase the numbers of GP registrars training in AMS facilities,” she said.

Acting CEO Ray Dennison from Pius X AMS agrees.

“We have found being involved in training GP registrars invaluable,” Ray Dennison.

“Our local community has benefited from improved access to primary health care and it has been a positive two way learning experience. We have learnt as much from the registrar as they have from working with us,” she said.

CEO John Oldfield said the video provides a positive and realistic account of what registrars could expect working in an AMS.

“We hope the video encourages more GP registrars to undertake part of their GP training in an AMS, not just in New England/Northwest NSW, but anywhere in Australia,” he said.

The video can be viewed on GP Synergy’s YouTube channel or by following the link:

For all media enquiries please contact Kate Froggatt on 02 9818 4433.

About GP Synergy

GP Synergy is a leading provider of general practice education and training delivering prevocational and vocational training to doctors seeking to specialise as General Practitioners (GPs).

GP Synergy’s training footprint extends across New England/Northwest regional NSW as well as central, northern, eastern, southern and southwestern Sydney.

For more information about GP Synergy please visit our website at or contact Kate Froggatt, Marketing and Events Manager, at or (02) 9818 4433.

GP Synergy acknowledges the traditional custodians of the land on which GP Synergy delivers training and respects all Elders past and present.