Dr Lorri Hopkins

Western Australia representative, Co-opted member, RACGP Rural Council

Dr Lorri Hopkins
I have worked as a rural GP in Albany, WA most of my life. I trained at Fremantle hospital being privilege to be part of an amazing rural generalist program in 1997 via the Western Australian Centre for Remote and Rural Medicine. This opportunity developed my skills as rural GP Obstetrician/VMO in Port Hedland and Albany. Since 2000 (apart from 6 years in Richmond Victoria) I have co-owned a practice in Albany. This variety has meant the joy of never ending learning including business skills, advanced obstetric skills, hospital emergency, rural general practice and medical education.

Half my working week, for the last 12 years, is as a medical educator for RVTS (Remote Vocational Training Scheme) developing procedural workshops. This has allowed me to meet amazing rural doctors who are invaluable as GPs and supervisors and also assist the registrars who are comminated to training and working in rural areas.


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Albany is a beautiful seaside port in the South West of WA. I work split my week into GP/practice owner and medical educator. I’m married, love walking on the beach with the dog and being a nanna.

The variety of patients and the continuity of care.

I am a north Queensland country girl who grew up by the ocean and initially trained as radiographer and sonographer. This opened my eyes to the world of medicine. So off to the city but my heart was always in the country.

There are some many things: the delightful country patients, the variety of skills required, helping people every day. Small things make a big difference. Also the freedom of not working in a hospital.

Some crazy days with 3 births, caring for a dying person and their family in hospice and being on call for ED that night. Times with so much fun and support from midwives, nurses, and colleagues. Now seeing those babies as teenagers and their mothers with menopause. Seeing patients grow older and recover from their grief.

To improve the quality of working in life for rural GPs, improve education for registrars and GPs bot which will improve the health of rural patients.

I have had great mentors and training. It’s a privilege to be able to give some of this back to the registrars.


Contact your RACGP Rural Council

racgp.org.au/rural |  1800 636 764 |   rural@racgp.org.au