Having a conversation with my patients in addition to a consultation is my philosophy when it comes to general practice.

 
Being a GP is a very privileged role. You get to know your patients as individuals and they tell you stories that they don’t even tell their loved ones. It’s a very special gift, unlike hospital specialists, as a GP I get to see the patient all the way through their lives and provide a continuity of care, with cradle to grave care still possible.
 
I spent 25 years in obstetrics delivering babies and delivered the children of the children I originally delivered. I’ve delivered a baby then walked down the corridor to look after another member of the same family who has been in the palliative care ward. There is no greater insight into people’s lives.
For more than 30 years I have practiced in Mandurah, about an hour south of Perth and I’ve seen the seaside town become a city. The changes in demography have resulted in changes to my skill base and my practice. Originally starting as a four partner setup, my practice is now a multi-skilled, 21 doctor facility that provides the full range of GP services, as well as practice nurses who help patients manage diseases such as diabetes and in-house psychologists. 
 
It’s important to have a regular GP because patient satisfaction levels are increased, referral rates are reduced and there are fewer tests and hospital visits. My advice to patients is to find a GP they get along with and don’t be afraid to ask them what you want to know about your health because they are there to help.