There’s two new ones – One at Surat and One at St George, and these Doctors will soon will be taking up their appointments with the aim of building upon the existing medical services in the two towns.
South West Hospital and Health Service Executive Director of Medical Services Dr Chris Buck says Dr Talia Trigger would be joining the Surat Multipurpose Health Service in early April, while Dr Ashleigh Walker would be arriving in St George in May.
“Dr Trigger and her husband Joel will be living in Surat once she takes up her appointment there. From her base at Surat, she will be delivering a permanent outreach medical service to Surat MPHS for two weeks each month and working at Roma Hospital for the other fortnight.”
Regular visiting locum Dr Graham Michael will continue to deliver his existing service to Surat as normal during the time when Dr Trigger is at Roma.
Dr Buck says Dr Trigger brings with her advanced skills in emergency medicine that will be of great benefit to the local community.
Dr Trigger recently had been working at the Rockhampton Base Hospital and says she’s no stranger to country areas, having grown up on a cattle property at Biggenden.
“I grew up in a small town where it was always difficult finding a permanent doctor and that’s why I went into medicine. I always wanted to be the permanent doctor in a small country community.”
And at St George, the appointment of Dr Walker will expand the medical establishment in the town from four senior doctors to five.
Dr Buck says the increase in the number of doctors at St George will help meet local demand for services, both at the hospital and at the local bulk-billing general practice – the St George Medical Centre, where they also work when not delivering services at the hospital.
“In addition to her general practice experience, Dr Walker has advanced skills in obstetrics which will help further support the provision of the low-risk birthing services at St George.”
She also expands the capacity of St George Hospital and Medical Centre to provide supervision and training for junior doctors undertaking placements in the town.
With its previous medical establishment of four senior doctors, St George only had the capacity to support one advanced trainee doctor in rural generalist practice, but Doctor Buck says that all changes now for the town.
“With a permanent senior doctor establishment of five, we will now be able to host additional visiting medical trainees at St George. This is a great way of introducing the future generation of doctors to the benefits and advantages of working in rural practice.”
Dr Walker was born and raised in Toowoomba. She is currently working at Toowoomba Hospital and has also worked at Kingaroy, Nanango and Stanthorpe.
Doctors Trigger and Walker join three other new doctors who have recently joined the South West HHS. These are doctors Sonya Manwaring and Katie and Paul Chang, who have all taken up permanent appointments at Charleville.