Friday, 24 October 2014

Life as a rural doctor in New Zealand!

I have to admit that one of the main reasons I chose to do the Rural Track GP Program was the Out of Programme Experience for 6 months, which was included in the programme. As a child, I was lucky to have so many travel adventures due to my parent's work opportunities, I was bitten by the travel bug at a young age.

We were lucky enough to encounter South Link Health, based in Dunedin, Otago (South Island). They kindly set up a role for us at East Otago Health medical practice based in Palmerston & Waikouaiti. We started work here in August, we have a brilliant team from reception, manager, practice nurse's, advance trained PRIME nurses. We are very privileged to be supported by long standing Professor in General Practice, Prof. Campbell Murdoch.

We are having a great time, settling into the area. Everyone (Staff and patients alike) have been so kind and patient with us,  whilst we settle into a different health system and helping us to arrange our weekends away, outings to see the local wildlife (little blue pengiuns, yellow eyed penguins and Albatross). exploring the South Island in our free time.We've been lucky enough to explore Wanaka, Queenstown and Aoraki (Mount Cook) National Park. It has been a fantastic opportunity to find out more about life as a rural GP in New Zealand and how fabulous the work-life balance can be!

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