Dr Jacinta Spry and Dr Anne Murray are both passionate about general practice and training doctors in their home town of Port Macquarie.
Why did you decide to become a GP?
Anne: I think general practice is the most challenging and rewarding area of medicine. I like the challenge of applying sound clinical reasoning to an undifferentiated problem. I love life cycle medicine, from birth to death, the uniqueness of being part of patients most amazing joys and supporting them in the most horrible of lows or outcomes.
Jacinta: I believe public health and primary care are the glue in the health system. I’d love for the grass root innovations, community inclusion, education and compassionate connection with patients that I see in general practice grow and improve our entire health system.
What was your motivation in becoming a GP supervisor?
Anne: The motivation for me is to help good doctors become great GPs. As a profession we are undervalued by our specialist colleagues and by the public.
I’m motivated to help support young GPs in their acquisition of sound clinical reasoning skills and communication skills to empower them to provide excellent medicine and build our value in primary health care provision.
Jacinta: I appreciate the effort invested in me by previous supervisors and want to give something back.
I enjoy examining my own thinking and medical practice and sharing it with my registrar colleague. It helps me reflect on my experiences, preferences, assumptions and other cognitive errors. I learn something too!
What do you enjoy most about being a GP supervisor?
Anne: I love watching my registrar grow in confidence as they fine turn their clinical reasoning skills and build on communication skills. I enjoy the journey with them, providing supervision, support and mentorship, making them feel part of our clinical team and to feel valued. I also enjoy the gradual reduction in phone calls and consult disruptions as they grow in confidence and I get the reward of a job well done.
Jacinta: I enjoy encouraging and reassuring registrars they are a valued member of the team, particularly as they transition to primary care. They bring a diversity of knowledge, skills and attitudes. I hope to help registrars build their autonomy while also developing supportive networks.
What do you enjoy about living in Port Macquarie?
Anne: We chose Port as a place to raise our family. It is a growing and vibrant community. It has excellent schools and opportunities for business and recreation. It has some of the most beautiful weather and beaches in Australia. It has an interesting mix of people and has a great medical community.
Jacinta: It’s great – a lovely coastal town with a growing population, but don’t just believe me, come visit and see for yourself!