Why Aboriginal Health: Dr Alex Maslen

Posted on 1st Jul 2019

Derby Aboriginal Health Service is a fun place to work and quickly becomes like a second family.

I was a registrar at Derby Aboriginal Health Service (DAHS) in 2016 for the final term of my GP training and then stayed on in 2017 post fellowship as a part of the team. 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.

DAHS provides a supportive team environment to work in, with brilliant clinicians, excellent supervision and educational support for all their clinical staff,  particularly registrars, who have quarantined non-clinical time rostered for educational activities as well as regular clinical updates and in-services. The medicine is interesting and often challenging and prepares you well for both GP exams and future practice. You are also well supported by numerous visiting specialists who attend clinics at DAHS and also assist with education and teaching.

Above all else, DAHS is a fun place to work and quickly becomes like a second family. There are opportunities to fly and drive to remote communities on the Gibb River Road and beyond, see some amazing country and meet some truly special people. Derby is also a great little town with lots of social and sporting events and bucket loads of community spirit that quickly gets under your skin.