The diversity of experience gained from working in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health put Dr Toby Jackson in good stead for last year’s Royal Australian College of General Practitioners fellowship exam – he was the highest scoring candidate in NSW and the ACT in 2016.
Currently working at Illawarra Aboriginal Medical Service (AMS), as he wraps up his GP training, Dr Jackson is an advocate for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health training posts.
“It’s a team environment. I believe it’s a real opportunity to improve people’s health outcomes, a good opportunity to learn.
“You get to manage complicated and difficult conditions as well as there being a real focus on preventative medicine.
“I would absolutely recommend working in an AMS to other GP registrars,” Dr Jackson said.
His interest in community general practice as well as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and refugee health has seen him work in remote Aboriginal communities as well as on Christmas Island.
“I provided general practice services for 10 remote communities in the Ngaanyatjarra Health Service,” Dr Jackson said.
The Ngaanyatjarra Lands [in the Gibson Desert, Western Australia] are home to about 2,000 traditional owners, living in an area the size of the United Kingdom.
“For the majority of the time I was the sole land-based doctor for the health service. I delivered primary health care across the community and worked closely with Aboriginal healthcare workers, nurses, allied health team and specialists when they visited.
“But as challenging as it could be, it was also extremely satisfying and rewarding,” Dr Jackson said.