Like looking through a kaleidoscope
Family Doctor Week
Tasmania – Dr Jane Gorman
Variety is the spice of life for Tasmanian Dr Jane Gorman.
A general practitioner at the Augusta Road Medical Centre in Hobart’s northern suburbs, Dr Gorman has many strings to her bow – and that’s what keeps it real for her.
“I like flexibility. I’m a GP, I’ve been involved in travel medicine, family planning, diet, GP-land, and orthopaedics in my past life so I get called on for that a lot,” she said.
“I am eminently travelable. I’ve done two locums to Lord Howe Island in the past couple of years and I found it fantastic. You have to be prepared for trauma and such to that kind of work in those kind of locations, but I really enjoy the work.
“I do two days as a GP and two days as a private assistant and orthopaedic work. On an average day in my clinic I would see about 20 patients.”
Dr Gorman has been at her current practice for nine years, but previously she worked in orthopaedics in Sydney for four years, then two years advanced work in the area before moving onto a year working an Emergency Department.
“Then I met a dentist from Tasmania and eventually we moved here, and we now have three kids together,” she said with a smile.
“I love living and working in Tasmania and I really love treating the patients I have.
“I have quite a few families where I am treating generations. I really enjoy that because it gives me a great insight into them. Hearing what parents say about their kids and what kids say about their parents can be very helpful.
“I find working with families really very rewarding. I love seeing what happens to them, which is something you don’t get in orthopaedics – you do the surgery and then they’re gone. But as a GP you get to see how your patients develop and you’re with them two years down the track.
“I love watching kids grow up and I love watching older people grow older.
“I was once asked to use a prop to describe what being a family doctor is like and I turned up with a kaleidoscope. With a kaleidoscope, you get to look down this little hole where you get insights you wouldn’t experience anywhere else.
“There are jewels and patterns that no one else sees. That’s what it’s like being a doctor. It’s quite a privilege.”