BASS Coast Health (BCH) is providing excellent training opportunities for the medical staff of tomorrow.

Former registrar at Wonthaggi Hospital, Dr Jay Mudiyanse, recently completed the prestigious training program, the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM) fellowship.

He credits BCH with providing experience towards him obtaining this achievement.

“The four-year training program aims to produce a safe, confident rural generalist to practice in a resource-limited setting, with a wide variety of knowledge and skills to look after the community,” Dr Mudiyanse said.

“The model is for a rural generalist to have a special skill in a chosen field such as emergency medicine, obstetrics and gynaecology, general medicine or anaesthesia.

“A rural generalist is also a fully qualified GP who can work at a specialist GP clinic as well as in a rural health service.

“A rural generalist might work in a GP clinic a few days a week and work in the hospital on other days.

“This gives patients the great opportunity of having ongoing care, in hospital when required to, and follow up in the community with the same doctor.”

Dr Mudiyanse said BCH was “a great place for ACRRM training”.

“It is well supported by consultants in the respective fields. An ACRRM registrar can complete their full training in Bass Coast,” he said.

Dr Mudiyanse had the pleasure of working in Wonthaggi’s emergency department and operating theatres, completing emergency and anaesthesia rotations from February 2020 to February 2021.

“It was a stressful time for everyone with the start of the COVID pandemic, dealing with the uncertainty, high levels of stress and changing work environments every day.

“I am thankful to the emergency department team led by Dr Dan Crompton, my supervisor Dr Allan Whitehead and the anaesthetic department led by Dr Emma Ford.

“I also want to thank the administration staff, including Nyarie Morris, Rosie Castwood and Melanie Durkin, and everyone else at BCH, who made this experience so fantastic.”