Why Rural GP: Dr James Wong

Posted on 30th Jun 2019

Every day as a GP is different and full of surprises. It is a bit like when you decide to order the tasting platter or try a different dish in your favourite restaurant.


“You’re the crazy one”, a close friend of mine responds as we debate about our specialist choices. He has chosen surgery, while I have chosen rural GP. We debate on this topic often, but like a dog chasing its tail, it is entertaining and utterly pointless.


Rural GP is not everyone’s cup of tea, but it has definitely worked out for me. I am writing this as I travel through the Gibb River Road. A hazardous, soul-breaking, tyre-eating, buttock-bruising, outback road trip only for the toughest of adventurers. Okay I did exaggerate. I was told that’s how it was in the past. Now it is a relaxing outback road trip for part-time adventurers like myself.


I get asked a lot about working as a GP. I believe the best part about it is the variety of medicine that walks in the door every day. Every day is different and full of surprises. It is a bit like when you decide to order the tasting platter or try a different dish in your favourite restaurant. How exciting.


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.


So, if you are a part-time adventurer, a person who likes ordering the tasting platter or new dishes or someone who likes a challenge, try GP or Rural GP. It may just be your cup of tea.