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.
Why did you decide to become a GP?
I decided on GP because I wanted to live in Tamworth, so it made sense that I was a generalist rather than a specialist.
I also love the day-to-day variation that general practice will provide. In saying that my special interest is palliative care and I plan to also practice in that area.
What are you looking forward to most about your GP training?
I’m looking forward to being a part of the community and building long term relationships with patients, something I had a small amount of experience with in oncology but you miss out on in acute medicine.
I imagine general practice is going to be extremely challenging but also very interesting with the breadth of different presentations each day.
What attracted you to undertake your GP training in Tamworth?
My husband and I love Tamworth and wanted to live here. We have friends in the area and family scattered through Queensland and NSW, so Tamworth is a great central place.
I love living in a regional area but with the benefits of great food and culture. Having spent the last year at the Tamworth Base Hospital I have met many of the brilliant doctors in this area and I’m certain it is a great medical community to learn in.
My husband and I have both loved living here over the last year. We have bought a house and look forward to making Tamworth our home.
What do you like about living in Tamworth?
I like the country hospitality. I love the events around the area. I also look forward to getting out and camping and exploring the New England area.
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