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Meet your GP18 scientific committee

March 28, 2018 0
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Meet the GPs behind this year’s program


Dr Deborah Sambo

GP18 Scientific Committee Chair

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Number of years as a GP?
21

Best experience as a GP?
Too many. I will not do justice to the different experiences by picking just one.

But the one that still stands out for me was a day in practice where I had back to back patients with completely opposite presentations – some too painful to recount.

Why did you decide to be part of the GP18 Scientific Committee?
I decided to be part of the scientific committee because I believe in the richness of General Practice and its various aspects. I also believe in contributing my tiny little bit to the college – “ask not what the college can do for you” but…

Why do you think members should attend GP18?
I think members should attend GP18 because of the rich educational, scientific and varied nature of General Practice that will be on display.

I believe GPs will greatly enrich their academic/clinical acumen by attending (Education/Standards).

There are many hot button issues for GPs in the health arena and the ever changing pace of General Practice. I believe GPs will keep themselves up to date with these changing dynamics while enriching their academic/clinical acumen by attending (advocacy/education).

The collegiality at GP18 will be second to none.

Plus it’s the Gold Coast and the sunshine state we are talking about!! Sun and surfing anyone?




Dr Christopher Pitt


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Number of years as a GP?
14

Practice/Organisation/Research Institute:
Carseldine Family Clinic, Brisbane and Assessment Panel Chair, RACGP Queensland

Why did you decide to become a GP?
I loved variety and I hated night shift.

Best experience as a GP to date?
Attaining my Fellowship and being published in AFP are two strong highlights.

Why did you decide to be a part of the GP18 Scientific Committee?
So many reasons – but the chance to contribute to the pinnacle of GP education in Australia for 2018 was too good to pass up.  I enjoy the creative element, and it’s also a great opportunity for personal growth and learning.

Why do you think members should attend GP18?
GP18 will be a perfect mix of professional development and personal tranquility.  We’re going to create a program that is cutting edge while still firmly focussed on the consulting room. The conference will also be held on the sunny, warm and stunningly beautiful Gold Coast which will still buzzing in the after-glow of the Commonwealth Games.  It will be a truly memorable experience.




Dr Prakash Appanna

Robina Family Medical Centre on the Gold Coast


Number of years as a GP?
I’ve been a GP since 1993 in New Zealand and I moved to Australia in 2013.

Practice/Organisation/Research Institute:
Robina Family Medical Centre on the Gold Coast.

Why did you decide to become a GP?
I became a GP because I enjoy the challenges of not knowing what’s next through the door along with continuity of care and caring for the family unit.

Best experience as a GP to date?
Every day because I get a chance to exercise the privilege of being a GP.

Why did you decide to be a part of the GP18 Scientific Committee?
I felt my experience as a GP might be helpful as I am driven to help our profession flourish.

Why do you think member should attend GP18?
It is going to be the best ever event and hosted in my hometown – the City of Gold Coast just voted the friendliest city in the world.




Dr Rachael Moulden


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Number of years as a GP?
16

Practice/Organisation/Research Institute:
CWAATSICH Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Medical Centre in Roma
Nundah Doctor Surgery Wavell Heights

Why did you decide to become a GP?
I became a GP because I had a feeling there was never going to be a day I would feel bored or unchallenged. I felt it was an area where I could effectuate change in a person’s life, not only their health.

Best experience as a GP?
My best experience as a GP was working in remote indigenous communities with the Royal Flying Doctor Service. Every day I flew over outback Australia to reach destinations I didn’t know existed to provide medical care in a totally different way that I had ever imagined.

Why did you decide to be a part of the GP18 Scientific Committee?
I decided to become part of the GP18 Scientific Committee to add breadth to the group that was deciding what GPs needed in 2018.

Why do you think members should attend GP18?
I think members should attend the GP18 to get recharged. GPs need a break and this one provides up to date knowledge, comradeship and no doubt a trip to the beach.



A/Prof Nancy Sturman


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Number of years as a GP?
30

Practice/Organisation/Research Institute:
UQ Healthcare Annerley

Why did you decide to become a GP?
I knew very early on that I didn’t want to work in hospitals, and that I was interested in the human condition in all its particularity rather than just organic pathology.

Best experience as a GP to date?
Knowing you have made a difference.

Why did you decide to be a part of the GP18 Scientific Committee?
I was flattered to be invited!

Why do you think members should attend GP18?
Fellowship and learning – hard to beat!



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