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Dr Paul Lam

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North Coast

Why did you decide to become a GP?

I decided to become a GP because of the opportunity to develop lifelong working relationships with people, to empower them to look after their health.

What made you interested in rural generalist training in palliative care?

Palliative care interests me because of the tangible difference we can make to alleviate suffering in people with terminal illness.

Perhaps more so than in other areas of medicine, facing the difficulties of illness together allows us an opportunity to relate as fellow human beings, rather than as doctor and patient.

Rural generalist training provides GPs with the skills to anticipate and deal with more complex issues that can arise, especially in the context of people with terminal illness who may want to die at home.

It also enables us to better support the local community nursing teams who play an indispensable role in aiding families to care for their loved ones.

How do you intend to use your rural generalist skills into the future?

I hope to continue working together with the hospital specialists and community nursing teams to provide care that addresses the needs of the community, including palliative care.

What attracted you to undertake your GP training in Coffs Harbour?

The beautiful coastline, friendly community and the surf!

I love it here and would like to stay in the area when I finish training.