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Dr Thomas Armour

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Murrumbidgee & ACT | Western NSW

Although training in Wagga Wagga wasn’t part of his original plans, Dr Thomas Armour is now glad that he did, and is looking forward to continuing his training in the Murrumbidgee & ACT subregion.

Why did you decide to become a GP?

General practice is the most difficult, most interesting and most diverse specialty of them all.

I was looking forward to a different type of medicine from hospital work. No more night shifts or ward rounds. Seeing my own patients – it’s a welcome change.

I also noticed during my training that most of the GPs I met were very happy with their jobs, and that appealed to me a lot!

Why did you decide to train in the Murrumbidgee & ACT training subregion?

I spent most of my childhood living near the small town of Bookham (between Yass and Jugiong) and did my early medical training in Canberra, so I’m quite familiar with that part of the region.

What do you like about Wagga Wagga?

Until GP training I hadn’t spent much time in Wagga Wagga, but I’ve found the people of Wagga Wagga have been very friendly.

I quite like the feel of the town – lots of space, pretty buildings, plenty of parks and the river. It’s small enough to feel friendly, but big enough to have all the services you need.

Have you enjoyed starting GP training?

I’ve started working at a small medical practice in Wagga Wagga. The practice has very good support for new registrars, and at no time have I felt as though I was on my own or isolated.

I’m very much enjoying the pace of work here, as I have plenty of time to take comprehensive histories, examinations and write notes, as well as look up topics that I need to know more about. I have also performed nursing home visits.

Have there been any challenges?

The main challenge is knowing that the person walking through your door could have almost anything wrong, and I have to somehow work out what it is and how to fix it!