Dr Natalie Baptista and her family have relocated to Bathurst for her GP training, she’s looking forward to working alongside her patients on their health journey.
Tell us a little bit about yourself
I grew up in Sydney, lived in Brisbane and Boston when completing my medical degree, and have been working as a doctor for the past 3 years in Brisbane hospitals.
This year my husband, kids and I have relocated to Bathurst for GP training and to be closer to family. In my spare time I enjoy music, being active, and making desserts.
What did you choose to become a GP?
I chose to become a GP for a better work-life balance and to build longer-lasting relationships with patients. Often in hospital I’d want to know what happened to a patient after they left the emergency department or after an admission, in GP you are able to work alongside a patient in their journey and help them navigate the health system and manage the different health issues affecting their life.
Why did you choose to train on the Australian General Practice Training Program?
The AGPT expects a high standard of care from its trainees. I believe this program will challenge and support me to provide the best possible care to my patients.
What are you most looking forward to about GP training?
Building long-term relationships with patients and families, learning from experienced GPs, and working towards becoming an independent, fully-qualified GP.
What are your long-term career plans?
To continue working as a GP in the Bathurst region.
Why did you choose Western NSW/Bathurst?
To be closer to family in Bathurst and Sydney. Having family nearby to assist with looking after the kids while I’m working and training full time is invaluable.
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