Tagged with General Practice

We GPDU’d. Did you?

We GPDU’d. Did you?

GPs Down Under, as an entity, is kind of a hard thing to describe. In it’s most basic form it’s a Facebook group of over five thousand Aussie and Kiwi GPs. Depending on the day, and who you talk to, it’s also a national park, a family, a support group, an educational resource, an advocacy … Continue reading

Putting Down Roots

Putting Down Roots

After more than a year of stepping off aeroplanes and into unknown adventures, there is something nice about being met at the baggage carousel by a friendly face and a “welcome home.” Well, not technically home yet, but certainly starting to feel that way. I’m back in Broome for another few weeks, still a locum, but … Continue reading

Limiting Scope of Practice in GP: A Philosophical Dilemma

Limiting Scope of Practice in GP: A Philosophical Dilemma

Most GPs I know pride themselves on being true generalists, and have gravitated towards this area of medicine because they enjoy the challenge and variety that comes with the territory. They also tend to value holistic, patient-centered care and the satisfaction that comes with long term doctor-patient relationships.   Inevitalby, though, each GP has strengths and … Continue reading

World Family Doctor Day

World Family Doctor Day

Today, May 19th, is World Family Doctor Day. This is the day when we general practitioners / family physicians / primary care doctors get to sit back, crack out the party poppers and pat ourselves on the back for the good work we do for our patients and communities. Here in Australia, we instinctively know … Continue reading

What Should We Teach Trainees?

What Should We Teach Trainees?

I’m in the very privileged position of having a small amount of influence in the delivery of general practice training in my part of the world. I’ve been involved in a number of thought-provoking discussions recently about what is essential education for trainees on their pathway to independent practice. I’m interested to find out from other recent graduates … 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

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

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

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