Dr Jordon Cox started her GP training in Sydney but transferred to Western NSW to live and work in the small town of Blayney, where she and her family now feel part of the small community.
Tell us a little bit about yourself and your background?
I wear many hats and love them all! I’m the wife of an Anglican minister, the mum of two delightful little boys, a GP registrar, and a country kid at heart. I grew up in Tamworth, studied in Newcastle, worked in Maitland and then Sydney for a few years, and now I’m thrilled to be ‘home’ in the country again, here in Blayney.
Why did you decide to become a GP?
I love that I get to do a bit of everything. It’s so rewarding getting to walk beside people through their lives – pregnancies through to baby, mental illness through to health, even chronic illness through to palliative care. And it’s great getting to treat whole families.
Why did you transfer to Western NSW for your GP training?
The opportunity came up for my husband to work in Blayney and we soon fell in love with this lovely little town.
What are you enjoying about being a rural GP trainee?
Having started my training in Sydney, I can confidently say the breadth of medicine I see and learn here in the country is so much greater. It’s a cliche, but you really never know what’s going to walk in the door.
What have you enjoyed most about GP community-based training?
I think some people fear boundary issues working and living in a small town, but I love being a part of community life. It’s great to be known not just as ‘the doctor on call’ but as a real person, and people have been respectful of my life outside of medicine.
Are your longer-term career plans to be a rural GP? If so, what are you looking forward to most about a rural career?
I plan on staying a rural GP. I know the needs of rural areas and I hope that I can be an answer to a small part of that. There’s something very special about rural communities, how they come together and look after one another through the good and bad. No one’s a stranger. I’m really looking forward to being a part of that.
What is the best thing about living in Blayney?
The best thing about Blayney – the friendly smile and ‘hello’ from everyone you pass.
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