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

Rural Doctors Masterclass Roundup

Rural Doctors Masterclass Roundup

I was fortunate enough to be able to attend the recent Rural Doctors Masterclass on Kangaroo Island at the end of my locum placement. This was the brainchild of Tim from ruraldoctors.net and KIdocs.org with the intention of bringing cutting edge FOAM concepts to practicing rural doctors with the assistance of small group learning and … Continue reading

Striving to Not Be Average

Striving to Not Be Average

As children, we all have dreams about what we’re going to be when we grow up. I dreamed about being the country GP who looks after her patients with care and compassion and becomes a part of the community. I had no ambitions of leadership and I never wanted to change the world; my goal … Continue reading

Living the Island Life

Living the Island Life

Somebody pinch me, please? I’ve just had the most terrific two-week holiday locum on the gorgeous Kangaroo Island, Australia’s third largest island, located off the coast of South Australia. KI is known for its pristine wilderness, abundance of native wildlife, high quality produce and it’s enthusiastic rural doctors. I was based at the KI Medical Clinic … Continue reading

Is it time for GP FOAM to come of age?

Is it time for GP FOAM to come of age?

There’s been a bit of discussion around about the place lately about FOAM and it’s application in general practice. As a concept, FOAM is gaining momentum all the time and is garnering a huge following all around the world. At its core, it’s clinical education by the people, for the people. The beauty of it … Continue reading

Battling Locum Burn-out

Battling Locum Burn-out

This morning I was sitting in the coffee-shop in the Perth domestic airport, filling in time before my Sunday morning flight. I’m getting to be a bit of a regular there now, almost at the stage where I can ask the barista for “the usual” with some degree of confidence. I was heading back to … Continue reading

Clinical Quiz: The Rosy Cheeked Child

Clinical Quiz: The Rosy Cheeked Child

A quick spot-diagnosis quiz for this common childhood presentation. The case: A 4 year old child is sent home from daycare with a bright red facial rash on the cheeks. He has been otherwise well, although his mother reports that several other family members had cold symptoms a couple of weeks ago. On examination he … Continue reading

Modern Medical Mentorships

Modern Medical Mentorships

Some months ago, I got an email from a third year medical student asking if I would consider being her mentor for her Personal and Professional Development course for the next three years. She had attended a student obstetrics suturing workshop that I had facilitated and also had read my blog and loved my “passion … Continue reading