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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, Former 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
Lee Millis
Email: lmillis@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 MMM Classifications
Allora Kate Wallis Chaminda Jayaratne 1 2
Beaudesert Matt French Simon Barnett 3 2
Blackbutt Brent Fulcher Robyn Ogle 1 3
Boonah Matt French Simon Barnett 3 2
Chinchilla Matt Masel Sue Masel 1 3
Clifton Kate Wallis Chaminda Jayaratne 1 2
Condamine Kate Wallis Chaminda Jayaratne 1 3
Crows Nest Kate Wallis Chaminda Jayaratne 1 2
Dalby Adareeka Jayasinghe 1 2
Drayton Philip Stark Sidya Raghavan 2 2
East Toowoomba Philip Stark Sidya Raghavan 2 2
Fernvale Matt French Simon Barnett 3 2
Gatton Kate Wallis Chaminda Jayaratne 3 2
Goondiwindi Matt Masel Sue Masel 1 3
Highfields Kate Wallis Chaminda Jayaratne 2 2
Inglewood Matt Masel Sue Masel 1 3
Kilcoy Matt Masel Sue Masel 3 2
Kingaroy Brent Fulcher Robyn Ogle 1 2
Kingsthorpe Kate Wallis Chaminda Jayaratne 2 2
Laidley Matt French Simon Barnett 3 2
Logan Village Matt French Simon Barnett 3 1
Town ME ME Assistant Zone MMM Classifications
Lowood Matt French Simon Barnett 3 2
Middle Ridge Philip Stark Sidya Raghavan 2 2
Millmerran Kate Wallis Chaminda Jayaratne 1 2
Murgon Brent Fulcher Robyn Ogle 1 2
Oakey Kate Wallis Chaminda Jayaratne 1 2
Pittsworth Kate Wallis Chaminda Jayaratne 1 2
Plainland Kate Wallis Chaminda Jayaratne 3 2
Rangeville Philip Stark Sidya Raghavan 3 2
Rockville Philip Stark Sidya Raghavan 3 2
Rosewood Matt French Simon Barnett 3 2
Stanthorpe Matt Masel Sue Masel 1 3
Toowoomba Philip Stark Sidya Raghavan 2 2
Warwick Kate Wallis Chaminda Jayaratne 1 2
Westbrook Philip Stark Sidya Raghavan 2 2
Westridge Philip Stark Sidya Raghavan 2 2
Wilsonton Philip Stark Sidya Raghavan 2 2
Withcott Kate Wallis Chaminda Jayaratne 2 2
Wondai Brent Fulcher Robyn Ogle 1 3
Wyalla Philip Stark Sidya Raghavan 2 2
Yarrabilba Matt French Simon Barnett 3 1

Town ME ME Assistant Zone MMM Classifications
Allora Kate Wallis Chaminda Jayaratne 1 2
Beaudesert Matt French Simon Barnett 3 2
Blackbutt Brent Fulcher Robyn Ogle 1 3
Boonah Matt French Simon Barnett 3 2
Chinchilla Matt Masel Sue Masel 1 3
Clifton Kate Wallis Chaminda Jayaratne 1 2
Condamine Kate Wallis Chaminda Jayaratne 1 3
Crows Nest Kate Wallis Chaminda Jayaratne 1 2
Dalby Adareeka Jayasinghe 1 2
Drayton Philip Stark Sidya Raghavan 2 2
East Toowoomba Philip Stark Sidya Raghavan 2 2
Fernvale Matt French Simon Barnett 3 2
Gatton Kate Wallis Chaminda Jayaratne 3 2
Goondiwindi Matt Masel Sue Masel 1 3
Highfields Kate Wallis Chaminda Jayaratne 2 2
Inglewood Matt Masel Sue Masel 1 3
Kilcoy Matt Masel Sue Masel 3 2
Kingaroy Brent Fulcher Robyn Ogle 1 2
Kingsthorpe Kate Wallis Chaminda Jayaratne 2 2
Laidley Matt French Simon Barnett 3 2
Logan Village Matt French Simon Barnett 3 1
Lowood Matt French Simon Barnett 3 2
Middle Ridge Philip Stark Sidya Raghavan 2 2
Millmerran Kate Wallis Chaminda Jayaratne 1 2
Murgon Brent Fulcher Robyn Ogle 1 2
Oakey Kate Wallis Chaminda Jayaratne 1 2
Pittsworth Kate Wallis Chaminda Jayaratne 1 2
Plainland Kate Wallis Chaminda Jayaratne 3 2
Rangeville Philip Stark Sidya Raghavan 3 2
Rockville Philip Stark Sidya Raghavan 3 2
Rosewood Matt French Simon Barnett 3 2
Stanthorpe Matt Masel Sue Masel 1 3
Toowoomba Philip Stark Sidya Raghavan 2 2
Warwick Kate Wallis Chaminda Jayaratne 1 2
Westbrook Philip Stark Sidya Raghavan 2 2
Westridge Philip Stark Sidya Raghavan 2 2
Wilsonton Philip Stark Sidya Raghavan 2 2
Withcott Kate Wallis Chaminda Jayaratne 2 2
Wondai Brent Fulcher Robyn Ogle 1 3
Wyalla Philip Stark Sidya Raghavan 2 2
Yarrabilba Matt French Simon Barnett 3 1

Allora

ME: Kate Wallis
ME Assistant: Chaminda Jayasinghe
Zone: 1
MMM: 2

Beaudesert

ME: Matt French
ME Assistant: Simon Barnett
Zone: 3
MMM: 2

Blackbutt

ME: Brent Fulcher
ME Assistant: Robyn Ogle
Zone: 1
MMM: 3

Boonah

ME: Matt French
ME Assistant: Simon Barnett
Zone: 3
MMM: 2

Chinchilla

ME: Matt Masel
ME Assistant: Sue Masel
Zone: 1
MMM: 3

Clifton

ME: Kate Wallis
ME Assistant: Chaminda Jayasinghe
Zone: 1
MMM: 2

Condamine

ME: Kate Wallis
ME Assistant: Chaminda Jayasinghe
Zone: 1
MMM: 3

Crows Nest

ME: Kate Wallis
ME Assistant: Chaminda Jayasinghe
Zone: 1 MMM: 2

Dalby

ME: Adareeka Jayasinghe
Zone: 1
MMM: 2

Drayton

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

East Toowoomba

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

Fernvale

ME: Matt French
ME Assistant: Simon Barnett
Zone: 3
MMM: 2

Gatton

ME: Kate Wallis
ME Assistant: Chaminda Jayasinghe
Zone: 3
MMM: 2

Goondiwindi

ME: Matt Masel
ME Assistant: Sue Masel
Zone: 1
MMM: 3

Highfields

ME: Kate Wallis
ME Assistant: Chaminda Jayasinghe
Zone: 2
MMM: 2

Inglewood

ME: Matt Masel
ME Assistant: Sue Masel
Zone: 1
MMM: 3

Kilcoy

ME: Matt Masel
ME Assistant: Sue Masel
Zone: 3
MMM: 2

Kingaroy

ME: Brent Fulcher
ME Assistant: Robyn Ogle
Zone: 1
MMM: 2

Kingsthorpe

ME: Kate Wallis
ME Assistant: Chaminda Jayasinghe
Zone: 2
MMM: 2

Laidley

ME: Matt French
ME Assistant: Simon Barnett
Zone: 3
MMM: 2

Logan Village

ME: Matt French
ME Assistant: Simon Barnett
Zone: 3
MMM: 1

Lowood

ME: Matt French
ME Assistant: Simon Barnett
Zone: 3
MMM: 2

Middle Ridge

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

Millmerran

ME: Kate Wallis
ME Assistant: Chaminda Jayasinghe
Zone: 1
MMM: 2

Murgon

ME: Brent Fulcher
ME Assistant: Robyn Ogle
Zone: 1
MMM: 2

Oakey

ME: Kate Wallis
ME Assistant: Chaminda Jayasinghe
Zone: 1
MMM: 2

Pittsworth

ME: Kate Wallis
ME Assistant: Chaminda Jayasinghe
Zone: 1
MMM: 2

Plainland

ME: Kate Wallis
ME Assistant: Chaminda Jayasinghe
Zone: 3
MMM: 2

Rangeville

ME: Philip Stark
ME Assistant: Sidya Raghavan
Zone: 3
MMM: 2

Rockville

ME: Philip Stark
ME Assistant: Sidya Raghavan
Zone: 3
MMM: 2

Rosewood

ME: Matt French
ME Assistant: Simon Barnett
Zone: 3
MMM: 2

Stanthorpe

ME: Matt Masel
ME Assistant: Sue Masel
Zone: 1
MMM: 3

Toowoomba

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

Warwick

ME: Kate Wallis
ME Assistant: Chaminda Jayasinghe
Zone: 1
MMM: 2

Westbrook

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

Westridge

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

Wilsonton

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

Withcott

ME: Kate Wallis
ME Assistant: Chaminda Jayasinghe
Zone: 2
MMM: 2

Wondai

ME: Brent Fulcher
ME Assistant: Robyn Ogle
Zone: 1
MMM: 3

Wyalla

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

Yarrabilba

ME: Matt French
ME Assistant: Simon Barnett
Zone: 3
MMM: 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