All That Glitters Is Not Gold

All That Glitters Is Not Gold

I’m into my second year as a locum now and my search continues for the perfect country town to call home. After a fairly length break from clinical work, 2014 kicked off with a four week stint in the wild west town of Kalgoorlie. Kalgoorlie is an historic gold rush town, established alongside the “Golden Mile,” … Continue reading

Pure Gold – the SMACC Experience

Pure Gold – the SMACC Experience

There were fire twirlers and tribal drummers. Confetti rained down on khaki-clad heroes to the rapturous applause of a live audience. No, this wasn’t the epic grand-finale of a reality TV show. It was the opening ceremony of smaccGOLD, setting the scene for a conference unlike any other. SMACC stands for “social media and critical … Continue reading

A Granddaughter’s Grief

A Granddaughter’s Grief

We were not taken by surprise It was expected, really Every visit over recent years, treasured Knowing every goodbye might be the last The words of wisdom had been imparted The family stories told, wonderfully, many times over “It’s all yours now, Pen” he’d said, Christmas before last A handover of sorts He had had … Continue reading

The Accidental Writer

The Accidental Writer

On a hot day in February last year, I was sitting in my lounge room having a chinwag and a cuppa with a good friend of mine. I was confessing my anxiety about leaving my familiar life behind to become a nomadic rural locum. At some point in the conversation I said “Hey, I’m thinking about … Continue reading

Nurses, Orderlies, Blogs and Bonds

Nurses, Orderlies, Blogs and Bonds

Yesterday I opened my inbox and discovered perhaps one of the best emails I have ever received. The author was Professor Max Kamien, respected GP elder and local RACGP Corlis Fellow, who wrote to me after coming across one of my old self-entitled rants blog posts. His words were both humorous and wise, and I … Continue reading

The Bigger Picture of Patient Care

The Bigger Picture of Patient Care

I jumped in a taxi this evening outside Kalgoorlie airport and asked the driver to take me to the GP surgery where I’m working for a few weeks. His eyes lit up, “OH! Are you a doctor?!” I said that I was. He then proceeded to tell me a story about my recently retired predecessor … Continue reading

The One Year Locumversary!

The One Year Locumversary!

I can hardly believe that it’s been a whole year since I first embarked upon the nomadic life of a locum. In the last twelve months I’ve worked in 9 different towns spread across 3 different states; north, south, hot, cold, coastal, inland, big and small. I’ve worked in GP practices, birth suites, emergency departments, aeroplanes, … Continue reading

A Rough Patch on the Locum Road

A Rough Patch on the Locum Road

Well it’s been a while since my last blog post, which was written way back at Christmas time when I was contemplating the future and wondering what adventures 2014 would bring. Back then, my locum schedule was looking pretty amazing. I had been smugly picking and choosing from a vast smorgasbord of work that had … Continue reading

A Christmas Wish List

A Christmas Wish List

Dear Santa, As you know, I’ve been on a bit of a quest this year, looking for a country town to settle down and call home. I haven’t found it yet, but I’ve been a pretty good girl this year so maybe you can help me to pick a place which has everything on my … Continue reading

256 Shades of Grey: Learning the Art of Ultrasound

256 Shades of Grey: Learning the Art of Ultrasound

I’m back in Perth again after another cross-country jaunt, to the sunny Gold Coast in Queensland. It wasn’t for a locum job this time, but rather to attend a week long obstetric & gynaecology ultrasound course at the Australian Institute of Ultrasound. Anyone who’s been around twitter or FOAM would be well aware that ultrasound is … Continue reading