Tell us a little bit about your background
I grew up in the UK, and completed my medical degree and first years of training there. After moving to Australia, I spent a few years training in emergency medicine, before deciding to become a GP.
Why did you decide to become a GP?
I like the idea of being part of a community, for the variety and continuity of care, and also for the work life balance! A bonus is the opportunity to pursue other interests, such as research and teaching, alongside the clinical work.
What attracted you to undertake an academic component to your training?
I’ve always wanted to be able to do other work alongside my clinical work, to enable me to gain a broader range of skills and knowledge, and to enhance my clinical work.
What is your research project about?
My research project will look at GP facilitated advance care planning for patients with cancer, and the impact this has on the care the patient receives.
What was your motivation for the project?
I was inspired by patients I met during my time working in emergency medicine and in my early days of GP training, and seeing just how much of a difference to their care having an advance care plan could make. I wanted to learn more about how much of an impact it could make on a wider scale, and how we can develop strategies to promote this practice.
Is your research project part of a larger research project or stand-alone research?
Stand alone research.
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