For Dr Brett Penwarn, it's all about balance, gratitude, and doing what you love.
Brett begins every day with a surf and relaxation, because he believes that providing advice to patients about personal wellbeing begins with him practising what he preaches.
Maintaining a work–life balance is something Brett values for not only himself and his family, but also his patients.
General practice gives Brett the flexibility of choosing his own hours while being able to provide the additional continuity of care that allows him to practice, be a GP supervisor and examiner, spend time with his family, and once a year volunteer to provide medical care in Fiji.
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"General practice has variety, it has the exposure to everything. You’ve got the whole spectrum of life that you look after and all the different problems that can present during one’s lifetime."
"The highlight in my general practice is the integrity and the camaraderie we have in our clinic amongst the doctors, nurses, and staff. We’re like a big family. "
After several years of hospital experience, Brett chose to combine all his training and knowledge, and utilise it in general practice.
Now, Brett is his patients’ healthcare manager. He gets involved in the centre of his specialty and also in the allied health circle for patient treatment, support, communication and total care.
Within his practice, Brett works alongside 23 other doctors whom, he says, have been like family for the last 20 years.
His chosen career path in general practice presents diversity and challenges in his work, yet it accommodates to his lifestyle to give him the balance in life to spend time doing the things he loves.