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Prior to training to become a GP,
“The time spent going through a variety of specialty areas provides a lot of insight into different conditions that translates well into general practice,” she advises.
It was the independence and diversity of practice that most attracted
“I was keen to keep my emergency skills in use but have
“When my husband and I decided to open our own practice, we had a very clear vision of wanting to be a truly team-based general practice and a genuinely enjoyable place to work. We have developed and recruited a fantastically skilled group of practice nurses (including midwives, lactation consultant, early childhood, chronic disease, wound care, continence) without whom we could not deliver the patient care that we do.”
“We provide a very individualised and caring service to our patients - being a rural practice we know our patients well and it is not uncommon for us to have to do things like driving cars or mobility scooters back to people houses if they need to go to hospital, or park them in our driveway until they come home!”
“Being known in your local community and forming meaningful relationships within that community - sometimes that means that the professional lines are blurry, but for me, it makes what I do very rewarding.”
A typical week includes visiting patients at the local nursing home and independent living units, in-practice training for her staff, GP consulting at her practice, work on the business-side of her practice, and medical educator work, which includes external clinical training visits with GMT registrars. She is also studying a Masters in Health Professional Education via James Cook University.
“In my role as a Medical Educator with GMT, I have many meetings with registrars throughout the year to discuss their training requirements and progression through the training program, accreditation assessments of training practices, and ongoing meetings with practices and supervisors to discuss training requirements. One of the great joys of my work with GMT is working with other people who are passionate about general practice and providing quality education to training registrars.”