Wanting to inspire medical students and young doctors to consider a career in rural general practice, Alstonville GPs Drs Vicki Liu and Luke Hogan used the famous tune ‘Waltzing Matilda’ and a dose of creativity to be awarded second prize in the 2021 GP Synergy Rural General Practice Video Competition.
Both Drs Liu and Hogan completed part of their own specialist GP training at Alstonville Clinic, where they now work and are accredited with GP training provider GP Synergy to supervisor GP trainees.
“GPs have the best work/life balance and being a GP brings lasting continuity of care, where you can make small but real change and connection to others,” Dr Liu said.
Although coming from different backgrounds, Dr Liu grew up in Sydney while Dr Hogan grew up on a farm 30 minutes from Casino, both agreed that their love of rural lifestyle and being a rural GP needed to be shared.
“The best things about being a GP in Alstonville are the patients with their varied backgrounds – from retired actors to young families, to injured farmers who bring in boxes of fresh fruit and veggies,” Dr Liu said.
“We even asked them to co-star in the video!” she said.
“As a rural GP I love it when I see a patient and then later see their grandchildren or great grandchildren, I love the continuity of being able to share someone’s health journey throughout their life,” Dr Hogan said.
The team at the practice had a lot of fun taking on the challenge of creating a great medical musical number where Dr Hogan was able to show off his musical range.
“We entered the competition to share our experience of how wonderful it is to work and live in the country, because who wouldn’t want to live here?” Dr Hogan said.
Georgina van de Water, CEO of NSW and ACT GP training organisation, GP Synergy, congratulated Drs Liu and Hogan on their video.
“We are delighted at the number of entries we received highlighting the benefits of a career in general practice across rural NSW,” Mrs van de Water said.
“The passion that doctors and practice staff have for their communities and providing them with the best care is clear.
“The videos highlight the professional, personal and community rewards that rural general practice can offer from the perspective of rural GPs themselves’.
“The video from Alstonville Clinic showed the benefits of rural GP training in a way that was fun and creative but also demonstrates why Drs Liu and Hogan, and many other doctors, continue working as rural GPs after they complete training.”
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