Dr Richard Sykes - GP Synergy

Dr Richard Sykes

South Eastern

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After growing up in a small country town, Dr Richard Sykes chose to become a rural GP because he believes it’s the best way to positively impact peoples’ health outcomes and lives in regional Australia.

Tell us a little bit about yourself

I grew up in country NSW on a farm outside a small town called Binalong.

I studied engineering at UOW before working in the East Kimberley at Argyle Diamond Mine, as well as engineering jobs in Sydney and on the NSW south coast. It had always been in the back of my mind to become a doctor so I applied and was accepted at Flinders University in SA where i studied and completed my first 2 and a half years of training post graduation.

What did you choose to become a GP?

I chose to become a GP because I believe it is the best way to positively impact peoples’ health outcomes and lives in regional Australia. I saw growing up in regional Australia the challenges and adverse health impacts a lack of services can have on my own family and believe that becoming a GP is the best way to provide the care people need.

Why did you choose to train on the Australian General Practice Training Program?

The AGPT program best fit my goals for future practice and is a good fit for my current and future needs.

What are you most looking forward to about GP training?

I’m most looking forward to the varied medicine and the long term relationships I will build with my patients.

What are your long-term career plans?

My long term goals are to enjoy practicing in the Milton Ulladulla community and raise my family here.

Why did you choose South Easter NSW and the Milton Ulladulla area?

I choose the Milton Ulladulla area because for me it has the best of everything. It has good waves, two very good golf courses, great food and wine, a vibrant community, employment opportunities for my wife and being closer to family after being separated by border closures for much of the previous 18 months is a huge bonus.

 

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