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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 Coordinators
Dr Jaime Hurley (ACRRM)
Dr Kate Wallis (RACGP)

District Supervisor Liaison Officer
Dr Sue Masel

District Administration Officer
Lee Millis
Email: ddwm@gptq.qld.edu.au

Towns in this region

Town MMM Classifications
Allora 5
Beaudesert 5
Blackbutt 5
Boonah 5
Chinchilla 4
Clifton 5
Condamine 5
Crows Nest 5
Dalby 4
Drayton 2
East Toowoomba 2
Fernvale 2
Gatton 4
Goondiwindi 4
Highfields 2
Inglewood 5
Kilcoy 5
Kingaroy 4
Kingsthorpe 2
Laidley 5
Logan Village 1
Town MMM Classifications
Lowood 5
Middle Ridge 2
Millmerran 5
Murgon 5
Oakey 5
Pittsworth 5
Plainland 5
Rangeville 2
Rockville 2
Rosewood 2
Stanthorpe 4
Toowoomba 2
Warwick 4
Westbrook 2
Westridge 2
Wilsonton 2
Withcott 2
Wondai 5
Wyalla 5
Yarrabilba 1
Town MMM Classifications
Allora 5
Beaudesert 5
Blackbutt 5
Boonah 5
Chinchilla 4
Clifton 2
Condamine 5
Crows Nest 2
Dalby 4
Drayton 2
East Toowoomba 2
Fernvale 2
Gatton 4
Goondiwindi 4
Highfields 2
Inglewood 5
Kilcoy 5
Kingaroy 4
Kingsthorpe 2
Laidley 5
Logan Village 1
Lowood 5
Middle Ridge 2
Millmerran 5
Murgon 5
Oakey 5
Pittsworth 5
Plainland 5
Rangeville 2
Rockville 2
Rosewood 2
Stanthorpe 4
Toowoomba 2
Warwick 4
Westbrook 2
Westridge 2
Wilsonton 2
Withcott 2
Wondai 5
Wyalla 5
Yarrabilba 1

Allora

MMM: 5

Beaudesert

MMM: 5

Blackbutt

MMM: 5

Boonah

MMM: 5

Chinchilla

MMM: 4

Clifton

MMM: 5

Condamine

MMM: 5

Crows Nest

MMM: 2

Dalby

MMM: 4

Drayton

MMM: 2

East Toowoomba

MMM: 2

Fernvale

MMM: 2

Gatton

MMM: 4

Goondiwindi

MMM: 4

Highfields

MMM: 2

Inglewood

MMM: 5

Kilcoy

MMM: 5

Kingaroy

MMM: 4

Kingsthorpe

MMM: 2

Laidley

MMM: 5

Logan Village

MMM: 1

Lowood

MMM: 5

Middle Ridge

MMM: 2

Millmerran

MMM: 5

Murgon

MMM: 5

Oakey

MMM: 5

Pittsworth

MMM: 5

Plainland

MMM: 5

Rangeville

MMM: 2

Rockville

MMM: 2

Rosewood

MMM: 2

Stanthorpe

MMM: 4

Toowoomba

MMM: 2

Warwick

MMM: 4

Westbrook

MMM: 2

Westridge

MMM: 2

Wilsonton

MMM: 2

Withcott

MMM: 2

Wondai

MMM: 5

Wyalla

MMM: 5

Yarrabilba

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