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Participating in MDRAP – Dr Joseph Kibui

Participating in MDRAP – Dr Joseph Kibui

For many doctors, the More Doctors for Rural Australia Program (MDRAP) is the first step to joining a college fellowship pathway while gaining valuable experience in the field.

We interview MDRAP participant and Bakewell Medical general practitioner Dr Joseph Kibui who has been on the program since April 2022. An international medical graduate from Kenya, Dr Kibui previously worked within his home country’s hospital system and UN Migration Agency prior to moving to Australia. Joseph shares his insights into MDRAP and the opportunities it has offered him.

Dr Joseph Kibui is an MDRAP participant and currently working at Bakewell Medical Centre

Hi, can you introduce yourself?

My name is Dr Joseph Kibui. I am an international medical graduate with a Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) degree from University of Nairobi, Kenya. Previously I worked in Kenya in government hospitals and UN Migration Agency before relocating to Australia in 2019.

What is your experience of living and working in Darwin?

I recently moved to Darwin from Queensland. I am settling well in my new job as a general practitioner. I am enjoying the cool dry season and the cold nights in Darwin.

What sort of experience did you have before commencing on MDRAP?

Previously I worked in Kenya both in government level 4/5 hospitals and UN Migration Agency. I have gained experience over the years in providing primary health care and acute care in various parts of Africa.

What is your experience participating in MDRAP?

So far, I have managed to complete 4 out of 5 MDRAP mandatory modules. I have received reference and reading materials from the team.

How has the MDRAP support package been of benefit to you?

The MDRAP support package has provided access to foundation modules in the Australian healthcare system, guidelines on emergencies in general practice, ATSI health and cultural awareness and introduction to dermatology. This has benefited me in my practice as I have utilised the knowledge gained from the course.

What sort of support is available to you whilst on MDRAP?

MDRAP has supported me in the application for Medicare provider and prescriber number and access to Group A7 of the MBS.

I have received reading and reference materials.

I am eligible for funding to support CPD or educational activities that have been identified in my individual learning plan.

How does your practice support you whilst on MDRAP?

The practice supervisor provides level 1 supervision and performance assessment. The performance assessment is by direct face-to-face observation of consultations with patients, review of patient’s records on daily basis and feedback from doctor colleagues, patients, and practice staff.

How long have you been on MDRAP?

I have been on MDRAP since April 2022.

What would you say to other doctors considering general practice as their speciality?

To join MDRAP for foundation courses in general practice enables them to progress to college pathway and general practice speciality.

What are your future plans after MDRAP?

I intend to consolidate my experience and progress towards joining a college pathway for GP speciality.

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