WDHB receives accreditation to train geriatricians

The Whanganui District Health Board’s (WDHB) recent accreditation as a training hospital for advanced trainees in geriatric medicine is a major boost to the board's efforts to improve specialist healthcare for older people.
WDHB Consultant Physician and Geriatrician Jan Gregson says offering advanced geriatrician trainees the opportunity to study at Wanganui Hospital will enable the WDHB to offer a geriatric medicine service that is more likely to attract recruits.
“This is a significant step for Whanganui’s steadily ageing population,” Dr Gregson says. “I think we can be proud that our application for training accreditation was successful.”
“The five-month long accreditation application process involved many healthcare professionals who work for the WDHB’s Health of Older People Service (Assessment, Treatment and Rehabilitation) and their MidCentral District Health Board colleagues.”
Dr Gregson says the two geriatricians from the Royal Australasian College of Physicians who visited Whanganui DHB in March were impressed with what they heard and saw during their time in the city.
They particularly liked the fact that advanced geriatrician trainees who complete their training in Whanganui will have the opportunity to work in community and rural settings as well as the hospital. This is not an option in some areas.