RACGP – Rural pathway registrar and Registrar Liaison Officer
I chose GP because I enjoy a lot of different areas of medicine. I wanted to gain a versatile set of skills and be able to work in a smaller community. I also value the flexibility GP training offers and have been fortunate to be able to train part-time and pursue other interests and undertake studies on the side.
I’m based in south west Victoria and work in Lorne and Apollo Bay. Having grown up in Warrnambool, I love the south west and feel at home in coastal communities.
So far I’ve enjoyed getting to see patients on a regular basis and working through different health problems with the same people. It’s also been great getting to know the whole family and moments such as getting to meet and care for an infant after supporting the mother through her pregnancy — it’s very rewarding.
Aside from clinical highlights, I have enjoyed getting to know so many warm and friendly people within rural healthcare, being a part of the community and getting to explore new places.
Working as the Registrar Liaison Officer for MCCC has given me a better understanding of how GP training is structured and funded and the experience will better prepare me for the more managerial and organisational roles of being a GP and running a business. I applied for the role because I wanted to be able to support other GP registrars in their training and advocate for registrars to have the best possible training experiences.
After fellowship, I hope to continue working in South West Victoria, ideally working in a mix of rural healthcare practices, for variety, as well as meeting people of different backgrounds.