GP registrar Dr Matthew Cardone, pictured with Jenna Glover, jumped at the chance to come back to Murwillumbah.
GP registrar Dr Matthew Cardone, pictured with Jenna Glover, jumped at the chance to come back to Murwillumbah. Blainey Woodham

New GPs move into Mur-bah

MURWILLUMBAH has two new doctors.

Both are part of a new-year influx of 34 doctors to the NSW North Coast organised by North Coast GP Training.

The town’s new registrar doctors are Dr Matthew Cardone, who is working at the King Street Medical Centre, and Dr Rachelle Eddywing, working at both the Queen Street and King Street medical centres.

“I was in Murwillumbah as a medical student four to five years ago working at King Street,” said Dr Cardone.

“I thought what a good place to return to,” he said. When the opportunity to do so arose, he jumped at it.

Dr Cardone previously spent two years at The Tweed Hospital and before that at Gold Coast Hospital.

He had high praise for Murwillumbah medical practices for having taken in new doctors over the past few years.

North Coast GP Training said it had a fantastic response to its 2011 General Practice recruitment program, with 54 applicants vying for one of its 34 GP training places.

That was up from the 24 training positions in the 2010 intake and constitutes a 65 per cent increase from last year.

The group said that while the recently appointed GP registrar doctors were already fully qualified, they would spend the next few years developing the specialist skills required of general practitioners.



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