Experience like nowhere else
And Dr Yates can’t speak highly enough of the benefits of training in North Queensland.
“You’ve got more access to consultants. I generally have one or two trainees, so they can come and see me anytime. It’s much easier than if you have 15 trainees under you. I feel like I actually get to know them as people.
“When I went through there were only two of us so we did all the cannulas, we did the long lines in the NICU. We saw all these kids in clinics, we had really good exposure and were very good with procedures.
“Children’s hospitals tend to love trainees who come from regional centres because they are much more experienced in the day-to-day workings of how to manage children.”
Paediatrician Dr. Jason Yates
“You develop amazing skills. When you go to the children’s hospitals you do very well, because you've worked on your own without a consultant sitting over your shoulder.
Dr Yates believes continuity of care is another great benefit of training and working in the regions.
“You'll see a family for the first time and you will put a plan in place. Then you will see them again. There are lots of positive stories that come out of that. You become a lot closer to the families and the patients and you are more likely to develop that connection.”
And as for living in a regional centre, Dr Yates said the North Queensland lifestyle is a definite a selling point.
“The region has a lot of to offer in regards to relaxation and downtime. The community is very laid back, welcoming and family oriented.
“We’ll often have barbecues together, and there are about five Christmas parties because everyone is very inclusive and we all want to have fun.”