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Rural GP & Aboriginal health

Posted on Oct 11, 2019

Attending this incredible trip as a medical escort was probably the highlight of my GP career so far! This unique experience reinforced why I love being a rural generalist working in Aboriginal health.

Why Rural GP: Dr Alice Fitzgerald

Posted on Jul 01, 2019

My journey to the East Kimberley, started with a GP registrar job offer, a second-hand Hilux and a partner with a passion for four-wheel-driving and fishing. Having completed my Advanced Diploma of Obstetrics, I was itching to start my career as a rural GP. And what a better place than Kununurra, just a short 3300 km from Perth?

Why Aboriginal Health: Dr Alex Maslen

Posted on Jul 01, 2019

Having worked across other Aboriginal Medical Services and also in private practice throughout my training, I feel well-equipped to say that DAHS provides an excellent post for GP training and is one of the best places I have ever worked.

Why GP: Dr John van Bockxmeer

Posted on Jul 01, 2019

“Once I had experienced a rural placement, I knew that I wanted to keep working in rural locations, where I believe there is a strong sense of community and identity,” John said. “For me, general practice is about understanding and targeting the root cause of preventable illness to create healthier citizens, it is also about developing a more holistic health system that focuses on preventing illness with healthier lifestyles.”

Why Rural GP: Dr James Wong

Posted on Jun 30, 2019

Rural GP adds an additional challenge. I think there is a misconception that rural GPs work in isolation and in difficult workplace environments. Instead, my experience has been quite the opposite. I get extensive support from colleagues and specialists who provide on-call advice and regular education. A lot of complex medical cases are also co-managed between specialists and GPs, which keeps the job interesting while still being supported. There’s always the feeling of working in a team in rural GP.

Why Aboriginal Health: Dr Rohan Carter

Posted on Jun 20, 2019

Rohan believes that one of the most effective ways of closing the gap in Aboriginal Health is to ensure patients are educated about their role in their own health care. Closing the gap is a strategy that aims to reduce Indigenous disadvantage with respect to life expectancy, child mortality, access to early childhood education, educational achievement, employment outcomes.