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Darling Downs and West Moreton district

GP training in Darling Downs and West Moreton district

Darling Downs and West Moreton district (featured image)
Darling Downs and West Moreton district (featured image)

The Darling Downs and West Moreton district is an exciting place to learn medicine.

This district is available to registrars on both our Rural Pathway and General Pathway, and sits on the western slopes of the Great Dividing Range. The scenery is stunning, with winding roads and creeks, herds of grazing cattle, windmills and charming old woodsheds. The area is one of our four training districts and corresponds with the Darling Downs and West Moreton Primary Health Network. Rural Pathway registrars will most likely train in this district.

I do obstetrics and look after a woman when she’s pregnant and through her whole antenatal care. I will deliver the baby and check up on both mother and baby one week and six weeks after delivery. At the same time, I can be called up in the middle of the night to help with a palliative patient and keep them as comfortable as possible at home. There’s huge variety. That’s one of the things I like about it.

Sam Petersen, GP Registrar, Chinchilla

About Darling Downs and West Moreton district

Every town in the Darling Downs and West Moreton district has its own unique charm. You’ll find a welcoming community and a variety of sporting and craft clubs within each community.

The area is known for its rich agricultural output. Manufacturing and mining are also important. While farming regions may not match our traditional idea of beauty, it’s hard not to appreciate the stunning patchwork of pastures covering the endless rolling hills of the Darling Downs region.

State forests are scattered throughout the region and offer opportunities for camping and hiking. There are even a few tourist attractions in the area, including the Cobb & Co Museum, which details the history of the area, the heritage-listed Jondaryan Woolshed and the small Darling Downs Zoo.

Training practices

The Darling Downs and West Moreton district encompasses three of our training zones, with Zones 1 and 2 falling entirely within it. Zone 1 has 21 accredited practices, Zone 2 has 28 and Zone 3 has 13, giving a total of 62 throughout the region. The only major hospital in the region is Toowoomba Hospital. The rural practices offer a broad scope of experience that you may not be exposed to in urban practice.

Primary health network

The DDWMPHN area is home to over half a million people and is growing rapidly. Many residents are disadvantaged, with poor education levels, employment rates, access to technology and transport, and health outcomes. This makes the area’s health care critically important.

Some of the most important programs that have been rolled out in the area include Access to Allied Psychological Services (ATAPS), Mental Health Services in Rural and Remote Areas (MHSRRA), Care Coordination and Supplementary Services (CCSS) program, Closing the Gap, Toowoomba Diabetes Clinic, and Rural Primary Health Services (RPHS). Many smaller initiatives are also being implemented, from remote care and holistic case coordination to a community liaison pharmacist trial. Find out more here: www.ddwmphn.com.au

Darling Downs and West Moreton district staff contacts

District Medical Education Coordinator
Dr Patricia Stuart
Email: pstuart@gptq.qld.edu.au

District Administration Officer
Deborah Hall
Email: dhall@gptq.qld.edu.au

District Supervisor Liaison Officer
Dr Sue Masel
Email: smasel@gptq.qld.edu.au

Towns in this region

Town ME ME Assistant Zone RA Classifications
Allora Adareeka Jayasinghe TBA 1 2
Beaudesert TBA TBA 3 2
Blackbutt Patricia Stuart TBA 1 3
Boonah TBA TBA 3 2
Chinchilla Matt Masel TBA 1 3
Clifton Adareeka Jayasinghe TBA 1 2
Condamine Adareeka Jayasinghe TBA 1 2
Crows Nest Philip Stark Sidya Raghavan 1 2
Dalby Elizabeth Flynn Kate Wallis 1 2
Drayton Philip Stark Sidya Raghavan 2 2
East Toowoomba Philip Stark Sidya Raghavan 2 2
Esk Elizabeth Flynn Kate Wallis 3 2
Fernvale Elizabeth Flynn Kate Wallis 3 2
Gatton Elizabeth Flynn Kate Wallis 3 2
Goondiwindi Matt Masel TBA 1 3
Highfields Philip Stark Sidya Raghavan 2 2
Inglewood Matt Masel TBA 1 3
Kilcoy Matt Masel TBA 3 2
Kingaroy Patricia Stuart TBA 1 2
Kingsthorpe Philip Stark Sidya Raghavan 2 2
Laidley Elizabeth Flynn Kate Wallis 3 2
Logan Village TBA TBA 3 2
Town ME ME Assistant Zone RA Classifications
Lowood Elizabeth Flynn Kate Wallis 3 2
Middle Ridge Philip Stark Sidya Raghavan 2 2
Millmerran Adareeka Jayasinghe TBA 1 2
Murgon Patricia Stuart TBA 1 3
Oakey Elizabeth Flynn Kate Wallis 1 2
Pittsworth Philip Stark Sidya Raghavan 1 2
Plainland Elizabeth Flynn Kate Wallis 3 2
Rangeville TBA TBA 3 2
Rockville TBA TBA 3 2
Rosewood Elizabeth Flynn Kate Wallis 3 2
Stanthorpe Adareeka Jayasinghe TBA 1 3
Toowoomba Philip Stark Sidya Raghavan 2 2
Warwick Adareeka Jayasinghe TBA 1 2
Westbrook Philip Stark Sidya Raghavan 2 2
Westridge Philip Stark Sidya Raghavan 2 2
Wilsonton Philip Stark Sidya Raghavan 2 2
Withcott Philip Stark Sidya Raghavan 2 2
Wondai Patricia Stuart TBA 1 3
Wyalla Philip Stark Sidya Raghavan 2 2
Yarrabilba TBA TBA 3 1
Town ME ME Assistant Zone RA Classifications
Allora Adareeka Jayasinghe TBA 1 2
Beaudesert TBA TBA 3 2
Blackbutt Patricia Stuart TBA 1 3
Boonah TBA TBA 3 2
Chinchilla Matt Masel TBA 1 3
Clifton Adareeka Jayasinghe TBA 1 2
Condamine Adareeka Jayasinghe TBA 1 2
Crows Nest Philip Stark Sidya Raghavan 1 2
Dalby Elizabeth Flynn Kate Wallis 1 2
Drayton Philip Stark Sidya Raghavan 2 2
East Toowoomba Philip Stark Sidya Raghavan 2 2
Esk Elizabeth Flynn Kate Wallis 3 2
Fernvale Elizabeth Flynn Kate Wallis 3 2
Gatton Elizabeth Flynn Kate Wallis 3 2
Goondiwindi Matt Masel TBA 1 3
Highfields Philip Stark Sidya Raghavan 2 2
Inglewood Matt Masel TBA 1 3
Kilcoy Matt Masel TBA 3 2
Kingaroy Patricia Stuart TBA 1 2
Kingsthorpe Philip Stark Sidya Raghavan 2 2
Laidley Elizabeth Flynn Kate Wallis 3 2
Logan Village TBA TBA 3 2
Lowood Elizabeth Flynn Kate Wallis 3 2
Middle Ridge Philip Stark Sidya Raghavan 2 2
Millmerran Adareeka Jayasinghe TBA 1 2
Murgon Patricia Stuart TBA 1 3
Oakey Elizabeth Flynn Kate Wallis 1 2
Pittsworth Philip Stark Sidya Raghavan 1 2
Plainland Elizabeth Flynn Kate Wallis 3 2
Rangeville TBA TBA 3 2
Rockville TBA TBA 3 2
Rosewood Elizabeth Flynn Kate Wallis 3 2
Stanthorpe Adareeka Jayasinghe TBA 1 3
Toowoomba Philip Stark Sidya Raghavan 2 2
Warwick Adareeka Jayasinghe TBA 1 2
Westbrook Philip Stark Sidya Raghavan 2 2
Westridge Philip Stark Sidya Raghavan 2 2
Wilsonton Philip Stark Sidya Raghavan 2 2
Withcott Philip Stark Sidya Raghavan 2 2
Wondai Patricia Stuart TBA 1 3
Wyalla Philip Stark Sidya Raghavan 2 2
Yarrabilba TBA TBA 3 1

Allora

ME: Adareeka Jayasinghe ME Assistant: TBA Zone: 1 RA: 2

Beaudesert

ME: TBA ME Assistant: TBA Zone: 3 RA: 2

Blackbutt

ME: Patricia Stuart ME Assistant: TBA Zone: 1 RA: 3

Boonah

ME: TBA ME Assistant: TBA Zone: 3 RA: 2

Chinchilla

ME: Matt Masel ME Assistant: TBA Zone: 1 RA: 3

Clifton

ME: Adareeka Jayasinghe ME Assistant: TBA Zone: 1 RA: 2

Condamine

ME: Adareeka Jayasinghe ME Assistant: TBA Zone: 1 RA: 2

Crows Nest

ME: Philip Stark ME Assistant: Sidya Raghavan Zone: 1 RA: 2

Dalby

ME: Elizabeth Flynn ME Assistant: Kate Wallis Zone: 1 RA: 2

Drayton

ME: Philip Stark ME Assistant: Sidya Raghavan Zone: 2 RA: 2

East Toowoomba

ME: Philip Stark ME Assistant: Sidya Raghavan Zone: 2 RA: 2

Esk

ME: Elizabeth Flynn ME Assistant: Kate Wallis Zone: 3 RA: 2

Fernvale

ME: Elizabeth Flynn ME Assistant: Kate Wallis Zone: 3 RA: 2

Gatton

ME: Elizabeth Flynn ME Assistant: Kate Wallis Zone: 3 RA: 2

Goondiwindi

ME: Matt Masel ME Assistant: TBA Zone: 1 RA: 3

Highfields

ME: Philip Stark ME Assistant: Sidya Raghavan Zone: 2 RA: 2

Inglewood

ME: Matt Masel ME Assistant: TBA Zone: 1 RA: 3

Kilcoy

ME: Matt Masel ME Assistant: TBA Zone: 3 RA: 2

Kingaroy

ME: Patricia Stuart ME Assistant: TBA Zone: 1 RA: 2

Kingsthorpe

ME: Philip Stark ME Assistant: Sidya Raghavan Zone: 2 RA: 2

Laidley

ME: Elizabeth Flynn ME Assistant: Kate Wallis Zone: 3 RA: 2

Logan Village

ME: TBA ME Assistant: TBA Zone: 3 RA: 2

Lowood

ME: Elizabeth Flynn ME Assistant: Kate Wallis Zone: 3 RA: 2

Middle Ridge

ME: Philip Stark ME Assistant: Sidya Raghavan Zone: 2 RA: 2

Millmerran

ME: Adareeka Jayasinghe ME Assistant: TBA Zone: 1 RA: 2

Murgon

ME: Patricia Stuart ME Assistant: TBA Zone: 1 RA: 3

Oakey

ME: Elizabeth Flynn ME Assistant: Kate Wallis Zone: 1 RA: 2

Pittsworth

ME: Philip Stark ME Assistant: Sidya Raghavan Zone: 1 RA: 2

Plainland

ME: Elizabeth Flynn ME Assistant: Kate Wallis Zone: 3 RA: 2

Rangeville

ME: TBA ME Assistant: TBA Zone: 3 RA: 2

Rockville

ME: TBA ME Assistant: TBA Zone: 3 RA: 2

Rosewood

ME: Elizabeth Flynn ME Assistant: Kate Wallis Zone: 3 RA: 2

Stanthorpe

ME: Adareeka Jayasinghe ME Assistant: TBA Zone: 1 RA: 3

Toowoomba

ME: Philip Stark ME Assistant: Sidya Raghavan Zone: 2 RA: 2

Warwick

ME: Adareeka Jayasinghe ME Assistant: TBA Zone: 1 RA: 2

Westbrook

ME: Philip Stark ME Assistant: Sidya Raghavan Zone: 2 RA: 2

Westridge

ME: Philip Stark ME Assistant: Sidya Raghavan Zone: 2 RA: 2

Wilsonton

ME: Philip Stark ME Assistant: Sidya Raghavan Zone: 2 RA: 2

Withcott

ME: Philip Stark ME Assistant: Sidya Raghavan Zone: 2 RA: 2

Wondai

ME: Patricia Stuart ME Assistant: TBA Zone: 1 RA: 3

Wyalla

ME: Philip Stark ME Assistant: Sidya Raghavan Zone: 2 RA: 2

Yarrabilba

ME: TBA ME Assistant: TBA Zone: 3 RA: 1

Allora

Beaudesert

Blackbutt

Boonah

Chinchilla

Clifton

Condamine

Crows Nest

Dalby

Drayton

East Toowoomba

Esk

Fernvale

Gatton

Goondiwindi

Highfields

Inglewood

Kilcoy

Kingaroy

Kingsthorpe

Laidley

Logan Village

Lowood

Middle Ridge

Millmerran

Murgon

Oakey

Pittsworth

Plainland

Rangeville

Rockville

Rosewood

Stanthorpe

Toowoomba

Warwick

Westbrook

Westridge

Wilsonton

Withcott

Wondai

Wyalla

Yarrabilba