This month I am away from Broome on some long service leave. So I am going to share a few collaborations that I have been involved in recently.
First up is this podcast with Mic Cavazzini from the Australian College of Physicians. The Pomegranate Podcast invited our local team of Kimberley physicians on to discuss life as a remote specialist physician up north.
I joined Dr Lydia Scott and Dr Lee Fairhead to explain how we work in our corner of the world. The chat also doubles as a job advertisement for any prospective physician trainees who might want to get some northern exposure.
Here is the link:
Ep49: Training in the Bush Part 2—Remote WA
A third of Australia’s population is classified as regional or remote, but as it’s such a big place it’s hard to provide comprehensive heath care all over. In the previous episode, we heard about an important referral centre in country NSW, but this episode takes us to Broome, a small town that’s two and a half thousand kilometres from tertiary facilities in Perth.
On average, remote settings like this only have 11 percent as many specialists per capita as major cities and this means that pathology is often more advanced by the time it’s diagnosed. The medicine can be confronting but the training experience is great and rewarding. In this episode we hear from an advanced trainee, a consultant, and a rural generalist GP about the unique skills and models of care they bring to this environment.