FGP Advisors are late-stage GP registrars and early career GPs; they are people who have real experience in the GP training program and in the practice room with patients. They can talk to you, doctor to doctor, about what it is like in general practice.
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To get in touch with your FGP Ambassador or FGP Advisor please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr Bree Wright, WAMeet Dr Wright
Born and bred in WA, I studied medicine at the University of Western Australia (UWA). I now work as a GP in Perth.
Aside from my clinical practice, I am passionate about general practice training and medical education, having previously served as a Registrar Liaison Officer (RLO) for our state’s GP training provider, WAGPET, and attended multiple outreach events at our tertiary hospitals representing WAGPET and discussing the GP training program.Since attaining fellowship, I have performed External Clinical Teaching (ECT) visits for WAGPET and I regularly assist with the RACGP Multi Mini Interviews (MMIs) as an assessor.
In addition, I am a Sessional Academic at Curtin Medical School (having previously tutored at UWA), and have also been involved in the UWA clinical mentor program for three years.
Life is crazy busy—I juggle five kids and an amazing husband (plus I try to squeeze in a few Pilates sessions each week).
I love my job and feel very blessed to share in the lives of my patients.
Dr Damian Hannon, VicMeet Dr Hannon
I am a GP registrar in my second training term. I’m originally from Belfast, Northern Ireland but I’m now based in Gippsland and working in Moe.
I completed my intern and residency year in Northern Ireland before moving to Australia in August 2015 to work in Emergency Departments (ED) across several sites in Hunter New England Health, NSW.
I began my GP training in February 2018 as a hospital-based registrar working in Latrobe Regional Hospital in Traralgon.
I am currently undertaking GP training at Tanjil Place Medical Centre in Moe.My interests include: women's health, sexual health, mental health and aged care.
I currently work as a teaching associate at Monash School of Rural Health and, as of next year, I will undertake a training in medical education with my Regional Training Organisation (RTO), EVGPT.
Dr Cristina Valero, SAMeet Dr Valero
I am a RACGP rural GP registrar in South Australia. I passed my exams early this year, and I am undertaking Extended Skills Training (EST) as a combined placement across sports and rural medicine.
After my final medical school year at the University of Adelaide (UoA), I never wanted to do GP training, let alone undertake a rural program—I was far more attracted by the (supposed) glamour of anaesthetics and BPT.However in my intern year I was placed in South Australia’s mid-North at a practice now known as Goyder’s Line—within months I had signed up for rural training.
I do not think anything other than raw exposure to the incredible job that is on offer would have changed my mind. I suspect that this would ring true for others as well.Since then, I have worked in the Barossa Valley at Tanunda Medical Centre and then returned to Goyder’s Line.Over the last 12 months I have been working as a Registrar Liasion Officer (RLO) through GPEx.
I have also worked at the University of Adelaide (UoA) as a clinical lecturer for third year medical students.
I am excited to say that in 2020, I will be returning as a fellowed GP to Tanunda Medical Centre, and will be continuing working with the UoA, GPEx, and GPRA.GP training is facing some big challenges, and there is a shortage of trainees in many areas.
Through GPRA and the FGP Network our aim is not only to fuel interest in general practice training, but to make changes to the foundations of the current processes around recruitment and training from medical schools to specialties—the current model is failing us, and an incentive like the FGP network could not come soon enough.
FGP Ambassadors are your peers working in your hospital as JMOs or GP registrars. They can support you as someone who understands what you are going through, and can help answer any questions you may have.
To get in touch with your FGP Ambassador please email email@example.com
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Dr Tan Thien Quach
Lyell McEwin Hospital, SA
I’m currently a GP registrar completing a hospital year at the Lyell McEwin Hospital. I am a husband and father of two girls. I chose GP as my end career goal as I am a proud advocate of the specialty as I believe it provides the ultimate combination of medicine-to-life balance. Prior to medicine, I worked as a medical scientist in Cardiovascular research.
Dr Evan Garret
Northern Adelaide Local Health Network (NAHLN), SA
I'm Evan, one of the GPRA Representatives at the Northern Adelaide Local Health Network (NAHLN). I've always had an interest in general practice since having great experiences on placement in Adelaide Clinics, Broken Hill Indigenous Health Centre and working with the RFDS. I love talking to patients and having the continuity of care that GP offers, as well as the more flexible lifestyle allowing travel and subspecialisation. After training I want to work as a rural GP in a Canadian ski field.
Dr Jake Jeffery
I'm a young doctor interested in rural health. I grew up on a vineyard and have worked on farms and in wineries in four countries. I have too many interests to maintain a healthy life-work balance, though I figure that working as a GP is my best bet at one day fulfilling my dream of owning an animal sanctuary next to a vineyard and vegetable garden.
Dr Maysam El-Masri
I’m a first year RACGP registrar. My interests are mental health, refugee and migrant health and women's health. I grew up in Keith SA, where my mum was the rural GP there for most of my childhood. My parents moved from Lebanon before I was born, and my culture and spiritually diverse experiences as a Muslim Arab has shaped my passion for holistic health care. My life is built around one purpose which is to serve those around me through positive definitions and actions of health and advocacy.
Dr Rebecca Lees
I’m a junior doctor heading into a career in general practice. Whilst my goal of being a GP has been years in the making, I have only recently cultivated my interest in working rurally. I feel very lucky to have found this career pathway—in no other medical career can you get the same breadth and depth of experience, whilst striking that perfect balance of living near both a beach and a wine region.
Dr Sonu Thaker
Fiona Stanley Hospital, WA
Sonu is currently an RMO at Fiona Stanley Hospital and the FGP JMO representative for the hospital. He has had a keen interest in general practice since early on in his training, and was involved with the General Practice Students Network while a medical student. Through his time at the hospital, he has developed interest in emergency medicine, paediatrics and mental health, and wishes to hone these interests as a GP in the near future.Sonu values the variety and breadth of practice GP has to offer, as well as the lifestyle options. He would be happy to be a point of contact for JMOs wanting to consider or know more about General Practice and training pathways.
Dr Jessica Piggott
Royal Perth Hospital, WA
Jess is an intern at Royal Perth Hospital. She comes from a rural background, and has her sights set on becoming a rural generalist somewhere at the top of Australia. She likes swimming in gorges, mangos and BBQs with friends, and hopes to combine the GP life with all of the above.
Dr Casey O'Connor
Latrobe Regional Hospital, Vic
Hi! My name is Casey and I am an intern working in my home region, Gippsland.
From when I started studying medicine I had always planned to enter a career in general practice, it was only later that I developed a special interest in palliative care.
We are very fortunate in the regional sector to have the option of rotating through general practice as an intern.
I have found working at Heyfield Medical Centre a fantastic opportunity to better understand what a career in general practice might be like, and how much it differs from practicing in the hospital.
I feel that my general practice rotation as an intern has been an even more rewarding experience than it was as a student. The brilliant support and supervision remains, but I think that the difference lies in having more clinical responsibility for patients and more capacity for decision making.
I have found my rotation at HMC very rewarding so far, and I would encourage anyone who is considering a career in general practice to see if they can access a rotation in a clinic as a junior doctor.
For myself, it has reiterated that this is a career path I am passionate about pursuing. I am delighted that in pursuing general practice I will be able to also train in palliative care, and be supported to work across both specialties.
Dr Louise Hannon
Eastern Health, Vic
Dr Aimee Kellow
Latrobe Regional Hospital, Vic