Dr Ryan Barnett - GP Synergy

Dr Ryan Barnett

North Coast

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Tell us a little bit about yourself.

I grew up in South East Qld and did a degree in exercise science at UQ. I worked in the corporate health industry for a couple of years before starting medicine at University of Notre Dame in Fremantle, WA. After finishing uni I moved back to the east coast to be closer to family and worked at Port Macquarie Base Hospital for three years before starting GP training.

Why did you decide to become a GP?

My father was a GP and I had worked with a number of GPs in small towns as a student and I really respected the role that they had within the community. I enjoy the idea of getting to know a patient over a number of years and being able to help with varying health problems that develop over a patient’s lifetime.

What do you like most about community-based GP training?

I have really enjoyed getting to know more about the people within the community. Having been in the practice for 9 months now I’ve been able to see a lot of familiar faces which has helped to develop a better understanding of who they are as people which I have found quite rewarding so far.

Why did you decide to complete an ARST in paediatrics?

I had been working at Port Macquarie Base and had done a term as a resident on the paediatric team. I really enjoy working with kids and it’s not something you get a lot of exposure to as a JMO. Given how common children present in GP I thought it would be a worthwhile experience to gain skills and confidence in paediatrics and I knew the team at Port Macquarie who were great to work with.

How do you apply the knowledge gained in your role as a GP?

Where I’m working currently is probably an older demographic, however, when I get to see children through the practice it’s a really enjoyable experience. I’m sure a lot of people starting GP training find seeing children quite anxiety provoking which I definitely used to, but having worked with the paediatric team and having been exposed to a greater range of paediatric presentations, my confidence is much greater to what it was previously and it makes the whole experience far more enjoyable.

What do you enjoy about living and working in the Laurieton area?

I’ve always preferred small towns and Laurieton is such a relaxed area with the beach, rivers and bushland. I really enjoy going for walks along the river out to the beach with my wife, newborn daughter and dog. The people are all very friendly as they often are in small communities like this.

Would you recommend Laurieton/North Coast to doctors thinking of GP training? Why?

Absolutely. First of all, such a great place to live. My experience with training so far has only been positive. I’ve seen a wide range of presentations and the supervisors and practice I’ve been with have been very supportive in getting the most out of training for me.

What are your career plans after fellowship?

At this stage I plan to stay in the area and build a patient base as a GP. Other than that I haven’t made any grand plans at this stage but will keep my eyes open for the opportunity to continue to develop my skills.


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