Two doctors have taken up new roles at the Albany Health Campus that are designed to support their junior counterparts at the campus. For the next year, Dr Megan Equid and Dr Elliot Nunn will operate as medical education registrars at AHC. In their roles, they will facilitate learning opportunities, develop new educational initiatives and provide career guidance as well as pastoral care to the WA Country Health Service doctors in the early stages of their careers. Dr Equid said she has a passion for rural medicine and intended to stay here “for the long haul” because of the “amazing lifestyle” offered by the Great Southern. “We have some exciting things in the pipeline already, including a new mentoring program and junior medical officer targeted ultrasound teaching sessions,” she said. “It’s just a taster of what we hope to achieve in 2023, which ultimately is all about opening up our colleagues to as many opportunities for learning as possible.” The newly created positions are the first of their kind offered in the Great Southern and will provide a pathway for those interested in medical education careers. WACHS executive director of medical services Dr Andrew Jamieson said the expansion of medical education registrar positions into the region would ensure more hands-on support. “With the growing number of graduates and junior doctors joining us, we’re committed to increasing their access to professional development and collegiate support that will help build their careers and deliver the best possible care to our country patients,” he said. The additional roles support the growing number of graduates, interns and trainees welcomed to country WA in 2023, including a record number of medical interns, pharmacy interns, trainee psychiatrists and nurses and midwives.