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Dr Lisa Simpson

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New England/Northwest | North Eastern NSW

The lure of working as a GP in a rural community, combined with using her anaesthetics training in a rural hospital, has made Moree a good choice for Dr Lisa Simpson.

Why did you decide to become a GP?

General practice is quite broad and varied – which can be challenging. I like the continuity of care general practice provides and the ability to establish relationships and continue patient care from hospital back into the community.

Medicine is my second career, and after 10 years I am still enjoying it. It is personally and professionally challenging – and I can’t imagine working in any other career.

Why have you chosen to become a procedural GP?

I wanted a broader skill set, which is important in a rural setting where we do not have specialist emergency or medical physicians. Anaesthetics was a great fit for me and I enjoyed working as an anaesthetic registrar.

Now as a GP registrar, I can complete my GP training as well as anaesthetic lists in the local hospital, and use my anaesthetic skills working in the local emergency department where they are highly relevant.

Why did you make the move to Moree?

I always planned to go rural – I couldn’t imagine working in Sydney.

Although I grew up in Newcastle, my family is from north west NSW. My mother grew up on a farm near Bundarra (two-hour drive south east of Moree) and did school of the air. I spent a lot of my childhood holidays in Gunnedah.

Moree was attractive because it offered the opportunity to do my GP training and combine procedural opportunities in the local hospital.

I like living in smaller places and getting to know people in the community.

My husband and I have bought a place just out of town and we think living in a rural area is good for our children. Driving less than five minutes to work is also a bonus!