When Dr Maelle Morgan moved to Moree for her GP training, she only expected to stay for two years, five years later, she is a qualified GP and GP supervisor who can’t imagine living anywhere else.
GPs are expert diagnosticians responsible for differentiating and prioritising an array of otherwise undifferentiated problems that are brought in by the patients. There is a wide diversity, not only in the type of conditions that GPs see, but also in the stages at which they present. GPs derive tremendous satisfaction from the long-term trusting relationships that they form with their patients. General practice also offers enormous scope to specialise and tailor your interests. Hear from real GPs about their experience as a GP.
As a general pathway registrar, Claire Monaghan wanted to get some rural experience early in her GP training. Based on a recommendation, she sought out the Murrumbidgee town of Temora. Although COVID-19 hit within a month of her arrival, she has decided to extend her training in Temora by another six months. She tells us why.
Despite growing up in Newcastle and studying in Sydney, Dr Mary Elsley had her sights set on training to become a rural procedural GP in New England/Northwest. Having completed Advanced Skills Training in paediatrics she is completing GP training in Inverell.
Dr Nadia Clifton loves that as a GP she can wear many different hats from clinical practice, to medical educator with GP Synergy, consulting and advocacy work, policy making and teaching medical students. Not to mention using her GP skills on an extended trip around Australia.
Always knowing that general practice was for him, Dr Shaun Foster finds general practice offers him the opportunity to develop lasting relationships with his patients and the variety of medicine he sees allows him to maintain his interests across many fields of medicine.
Dr Kamal Singh chose his extended skills term in dermatology to further work on his surgical and diagnostic skills. Kamal was awarded the 2019 NSW/ACT RACGP Registrar of the Year Award, for completed the RACGP fellowship exam with the highest overall score.
Dr Martiane Bersano is currently completing her extended skills in women’s health and hopes to build a practice focusing on her interest in that area. She was awarded the 2018 GP Synergy Registrar of the Year for Central, Eastern & South Western Sydney for outstanding achievement as a GP registrar.
Originally from Perth, Dr Rachel James is a trainee GP obstetrician who with her husband Ben, a trainee GP anaesthetist, decided on making the move into rural general practice. Rachel won GP Synergy’s 2019 rural video competition with a video highlighting the reasons she loves living and working in Deniliquin.
An interest in refugee health has contributed to Dr Shakif Shakur undertaking an academic term to understand the perceptions and attitudes of African refugee men residing in Greater Western Sydney towards sexual health, reproductive health, and HIV/AIDS.
Dr Simon Holliday is a GP and GP supervisor in Taree. After a tilt at politics in a State election defined by politicians posturing on tougher drug policies, he joined business and politics and developed a special interest in addiction medicine. He regularly shares his knowledge with GP registrars at educational workshops.
Originally from Canberra, Dr Daniel Rudd has moved to Western NSW for GP training, he is loving it there and intends to stay for the long term. As the Registrar Liaison Officer for Western NSW, he also wants to ensure other registrars have a positive experience when they train in the subregion.
Having grown up, studied and worked in Sydney, Dr Matthew Chan found himself in New England/Northwest for his GP training, now he’s in no hurry to get back to the city. He shares his experience of moving to the country town of Gunnedah, a place he hadn’t visited before he started GP training.
Procedural GP registrar Dr Uri Harrington, and his supervisor Dr David Harwood, had very different journeys to becoming rural GPs. Both now enjoy living and working in the Western NSW town of Parkes – Uri as a GP Anaesthetist and David as a GP Anaesthetist and Obstetrician.
Life as a GP in Western NSW may not have been what Dr Caroline Ivey had envisaged in her future, but she loves living near Wellington and working as a GP in an Aboriginal community controlled health service where she is completing her Extended Skills term in Aboriginal Health.
Believing healthcare providers need to take responsibility for the impact we have on the environment, Dr Kathleen Wild is surveying GP attitudes towards environmental sustainability in general practices and barriers perceived towards improvement.
After living and working in Sydney, Dr Jessica Chapman moved to Tamworth and completed her extended skills placement in palliative care. Her interest in regional and rural medicine, and being part of the community, has made general practice a logical choice and Tamworth the place she now calls home.
After working as a physiotherapist in the UK, Dr James Marshall retrained with the aim of becoming a rural GP, he is now a GP registrar in rural NSW. Tell us a bit about yourself? I grew up on a farm near Black Mountain just north of Armidale, so not far from where I’m now…
Dr Paul Barnett is training on the Far South Coast of NSW and relishes being able to go for a surf before and after work, his supervisor Dr Gudrun (Gundi) Muller-Grotjan has lived all over the world but has fallen in love with the small town of Narooma.
As the first registrar in NSW to train in a post accredited to offer advanced specialised training in child and adolescent health, Dr Erica Watson is looking forward to being a procedural GP and reducing some of the burden that rural families with unwell children often face in having to travel to seek treatment. Why…
As an elite swimmer, Dr Anna Windsor competed at two Summer Olympics and three world championships. After retiring from competitive swimming her next challenge was studying medicine and becoming a GP. Dr Windsor is now GP Synergy’s Regional Head of Education Western NSW.
Dr Domonic Manassa made the move from the big smoke to train as a GP in Cooma just over a year ago; he likes it so much he and his wife have recently bought a house and intend to stay. One of his supervisors, Dr Andrew Egan, is a longstanding procedural GP who has been supervising GP registrars for more than 28 years.
After obtaining a rural cadetship, Wollongong born Dr Rachael Fikkers chose to do her internship and residency years in Wagga Wagga Base Hospital. The experience she gained in rural medicine and the rural lifestyle have been why she has also undertaken her GP training in Wagga Wagga and decided to stay.
The diversity of experience gained from working in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health put Dr Toby Jackson in good stead for his Royal Australian College of General Practitioners fellowship exam – he was the highest scoring NSW and ACT candidate in his cohort.