Getting to know our rural GPs


Our rural GPs share an insight into their daily lives

Truly demonstrative of just how diverse the profession is, these stories provide an important record in time and in 2013 have been collated together for continued reference.

In 2012, as part of its 20th anniversary celebrations RACGP Rural shared its highly popular ‘Getting to know our rural GPs’ series with all RACGP members. The series was produced with the aim of highlighting the important and varied work of our members and celebrating general practice in rural and remote areas.

This publication, like the diversity of these communities, provides a good mix of the types of opportunities available in rural and remote practice and provides a compelling case for going rural.

RACGP Rural would like to take this opportunity to give a heartfelt thanks to all those involved; the 24 members who selflessly gave an insight into their daily lives sharing something special about their role in the hope of attracting more to the profession.

We hope that you enjoy their stories.

Videos links to our rural GPs stories

Dr Mel Consideine (nee Clothier) Claire, South Australia
Dr Mel Consideine from rural South Australia says she is learning every day and mostly from her patients. They’re the best teachers.

Dr Rod Omond, Melville Island, Northern Territory.
Dr Rod Omond explains the challenges of working in a small isolated town on Melville Island in the North Territory.

Dr Ken Wanguhu, Waikerie, South Australia
Dr Ken Wanguhu moved with his family from Kenya to rural South Australia, following stints in refugee camps in Somalia and South Africa. He shares with us his passion for rural general practice.

Dr James Berryman, Wynyard, Tasmania
Rural GPs Dr Berryman shares how his passion, responsiveness to community needs, reflection on existing experiences and skills, have enabled him to achieve the FARGP via the Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) pathway.

Dr Gerry Considine, Burra, South Australia
Dr Gerry Considine is a rural GP with a passion for aviation. He says that as a GP you are a part of the community, as well as being a doctor.

Dr Sally Baines, Proserpine, Queensland & Dr Chris Hughes, Wynyard, Tasmania
General Practice registrars shares why they have chosen to do the program as well as their perspective on the value and benefits of undertaking an advance rural skill (ARST) and doing the community-focused project.


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