Council member profiles


Meet our members

The RACGP WA Council member profiles are here for you to put a face to a name and learn a little more about the Council member who represents you in your community.

The questions we asked included:

  • What is one thing no one knows about you?
  • What attracted you to general practice?
  • What has been your best moment as a general practitioner?
  • What objectives do you have as a Council member?
  • What is one thing you have learnt that you think other GPs could benefit from?

Following are their stories.


Dr Sean Stevens, Chair, RACGP WA

Dr Sean StevensWhat attracted you to general practice?

A love of variety, intellectual challenge and an enjoyment of long-term relationships with people of all different walks of life.

What has been your best moment as a general practitioner?

The many special moments of teaching and seeing your registrars mature and grow clinically. It is such a privilege to be involved in their development at such a critical stage of their career. 

What objectives do you have as a council member?

To improve the educational offerings to WA GPs. To improve the social interaction of WA GPs and to improve the standing of the RACGP in WA.


What is one thing you have learnt that you think other GPs could benefit from?

Whether it is doing the exams or sitting on council, get involved. You get far more out of being involved than it costs you and you meet some fantastic people.

What is one thing no one knows about you?

My wife and I first met when I was six weeks old and she was a newborn. Our parents were doctors and lived in the same block of flats over the road from Royal Perth Hospital and the old ‘Resident's quarters’. We then spent the next two years of our lives growing up together before parting ways for twenty years and eventually coming back together and getting married.


 

 

Dr Helen Wilcox, RACGP WA State Sensor

Dr Helen WilcoxWhat attracted you to general practice? 

The breadth, the diversity and the balance between art and science.

What has been your best moment as a general practitioner? 

One of the best moments for me continues to be managing addiction.

As well as helping the patient, you help so many others – their kids, their spouse, their family and the future health system.

What objectives do you have as a Council member? 

To contribute where I can and maintain connection with other colleagues at the coalface.


What is one thing you have learnt that you think other GPs could benefit from?

I have learnt many different things by attending RACGP’s quality education over the years. The 2019 calendar looks fascinating.

What is one thing no one knows about you? 

That’s hard to say – I have such a valuable circle of friends, family and colleagues and with that support comes disclosure and collaboration.

 



Dr Ramya Raman

 

Dr Ramya RamanWhat attracted you to general practice?

The diversity of patients makes my day very interesting. It can vary from simple upper respiratory tract infections to the initial diagnosis of cancer or management of chronic illnesses.
It is rewarding to be able to make the diagnosis and follow up with the patient on a regular basis. It is equally rewarding to be learning on the job every day and having the flexibility to shape my career and improve my skill set. 

What has been your best moment as a general practitioner?

I enjoy seeing patients of all age groups, which provides variety and the opportunity to be a ‘jack-of-all-trades’! I love talking to my patients and being part of their ongoing care, which could span over many years and generations. 


What objectives do you have as a Council member?

As an RACGP new Fellow Council member, I aim to:

  • offer support and voice concerns regarding issues surrounding general practice registrars and new Fellows training and education
  • improve collegiality among general practice registrars and New Fellows, and;
  • represent RACGP WA in ongoing professional development activities and help develop resources that would help deliver high-quality primary healthcare to Western Australians.
 What is one thing you have learnt that you think other GPs could benefit from?

Family medicine is a rewarding profession; nevertheless, it can also be an isolating specialty.
As GPs, we need to maintain a working and cordial relationship with colleagues within and outside the practice. That, to me, will enable opportunities to engage regularly in clinical and social gatherings, ensuring a good balance and reduce the impact of isolation. 

What is one thing no-one knows about you?

I enjoy dancing and I’m a trained classical Indian dancer.