Why general practice?

Our members told us why they are passionate about general practice

What makes you passionate about general practice?

To celebrate the release of the seventh edition of John Murtagh’s General Practice, we gave GPRA members the chance to WIN a copy ($190 RRP). This new edition has been revised and updated to ensure readers continue to have the best clinical content for general practice education and care. It proudly builds on its influential legacy with an expansion of the author team who bring a new generation of knowledge and diagnostic expertise to this authoritative work.


Congratulations to the following winners who told us why they are passionate about general practice.

  • Dr Rosie Gentle
    "I am passionate about general practice because... every day is different. The continuity of care is rewarding, as is getting to know your patients. Doing pre-conception counselling with a patient followed by celebrating a pregnancy, monitoring throughout and then getting to meet and treat the baby is so special — it is something no other speciality provides. There’s so much breadth — you never stop learning and you can delve deeper into any area you love. You learn to treat the patient, not just the disease. These are just some of the many reasons I’m so passionate and thankful that I decided to choose general practice."
  • Dr Jessica Zimmerman
    "I am passionate about general practice because... I love the continuity of care I’m able to provide to the community. As a part-timeGP, I’m spending two years at my practice and I’ve developed strong therapeutic bonds with my patients and their families. I love seeing my patients improve and grow over time, particularly my patients with mental health concerns. Being a rural GP is particularly rewarding as I can follow a patient their entire journey from emergency to community follow up. I enjoy being able to care for people in the nursing home. I am able to support and comfort them and their families towards the end of their life. I love coming to work every day and I feel incredibly lucky to be a local doctor." 
  • Dr Bushra Ahmed
    "I am passionate about general practice because... general practice allows me to take care of a young boy with a rash and then counsel his teenage sister regarding her contraception options. I also see their mother for regular cervical screening and help their father return to work after a back injury. I am able to support their grandfather to stay at home when he gives up on the chemotherapy for his metastatic lung cancer. I am able to do all this and more while still being able to kiss my own kids goodnight and take them to swimming lessons on a Sunday morning."
  • Dr Jared Cruikshank
    "I am passionate about general practice because... general practice is important to me because of the critical role it plays in the broader community. General practitioners are everyone's first port of call for health concerns. They act as a single point of contact for patients and other healthcare professionals to integrate complex issues. On top of all this, doctors in general practice quietly monitor and prevent disease wherever possible. Such contributions should be recognised and assisted."
  • Dr Alyssa Vass
    "I am passionate about general practice because... of the unparalleled opportunities it provides to create genuine partnerships with patients for better health, as they define and shape it for themselves. No day is ever the same and patients teach us something new every time they walk through our door, with their unique stories and their unique trust in us. In general practice, I get to focus on my passion for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health through community-based and community-driven care."


Thank you

Thank you to McGraw Hill Education for providing the copies of the book to giveaway. McGraw Hill Education has kindly provided GPRA members with a 15% discount code on the 7th Edition of this book. Please email enquiries@gpra.org.au for this discount code, or keep an eye out on the GPRA member eNewsletters.


About the 7th edition

John Murtagh’s General Practice provides the complete view of general practice from communication skills to detailed explanations of diagnosis. With an experienced author team, easy-to-read text and numerous illustrations and diagrams, it remains the most trusted reference in the general practitioner market today. Approximately 30% of the book has been revised and updated including:

  • New diagnosis strategies for common presenting problems
  • Significant updates on sexual health and cervical cancer screening
  • Updated information on mental health diagnosis and treatment
  • Chronic disorders have been revised and reworked
  • Editorial input from an expanded author team, Dr Justin Coleman and Dr Clare Murtagh

Competition terms and conditions

  • Competition closes 9am AEDT 21 November 2018
  • This is a GPRA giveaway; McGraw Hill Education is not responsible for this competition
  • Three winners will be chosen, each will receive a single copy of the 7th edition of Murtagh's General Practice
  • Winners will be notified by the email they provided by 22 November 2018, winners will need to claim their prize by emailing GPRA their postal address 
  • Winners have until 21 December to claim their prize, if the prize is not claimed, the prize will void
  • GPRA takes no responsibility of misdelivered prizes; GPRA has no obligation to resend the prize in the event of non-delivery
  • This competition is open to GPRA and GPN members only, entries from non-GPRA members will be disregarded
  • By submitting your entry, you agree to allow GPRA to use your name and response in their communications and marketing to promote general practice, including, but not limited to, online and print mediums.

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