Donation of books offers new chapter for trainees

PSYCHIATRY trainees will have a wider variety of reading material in their hospitals after 24 new text books were donated to the Dubbo Base Hospital library.

The Rural Psychiatry Project, an initiative by the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP), helped deliver more than $33,000 worth of mental health text books to training sites in the state.

The psychiatry trainees can now benefit from current and up-to-date information that covers a variety of mental health areas.

RANZCP project officer Nik Todorovski said the donation aimed to address disparity between rural and metropolitan hospitals.

"The books are great learning resources for the trainees. The books are brand new additions and are quite rare," he said.

He said this was the second donation to the Dubbo Base Hospital library, the first was in 2004.

Hospital librarian Donald Keast said it was very good to have updated books in the library, even though trainees still used the books from 2004.

"It's a well selected collection which will be very beneficial to staff in rural locations," he said.

He said rural areas like Broken Hill were also one of the 16 sites to receive the donation.

The text books will benefit and be used by psychiatry trainees, medical students, nurses, international medical graduates and other mental health workers.

Dubbo Base Hospital Inpatient Unit's clinical director Dr Greg Hugh said the staff were thrilled to receive the generous donation.

"This donation will provide invaluable support to the health district's psychiatrists, mental health specialists and students," he said.

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