Southeast Queensland is a pretty special training region. Yes, there are great clinical training opportunities at our 560-plus practices. But we also boast some amazing landscapes.
Here are 12 pictures that celebrate our geography.
1. Gaze at the mountains before breakfast; walk up one of them after work. In Boonah, rural practice takes balance to new heights.
2. Wherever the medicine takes you, you’ll know you’re on a beautiful path. Toowoomba is a bustling regional centre full hidden gems.
3. Many rural GPs work shifts in hospital emergency rooms. With the pace of work and the clamour of patients, you might find yourself craving a little quiet. Rural Queensland makes it easy to find tranquility in even the most hectic of weeks.
4. One thing GP supervisor, Dr Sue Masel loves about her life in Goondiwindi is the freedom it gives her kids. “In summer they swim in the river all day. In winter they jump on the trampoline and ride their bikes, and do the kinds of things that I did in the seventies in Brisbane when I was growing up and we could run wild.”
5. In North Stradbroke Island, the life of a trusted country doctor isn’t without its thrills. While general practice challenges your mind, the environment will inspire you to challenge your body (and your courage).
6. The whole family agrees: weekends are for hitting the road and finding adventure. Cunninghams Gap sits between the Darling Downs and the Fassifern Valley. It offers great family-friendly bushwalking with views of rolling hills and dense tropical forest.
7. Agricultural life poses significant challenges in medicine and public health. With suicide occurring at higher rates among male farmers than the general population, GPs play a life-saving role in provision of mental health care in rural communities.
8.The large town of Ipswich offers gourmet dining and craft breweries nestled between the rolling hills of the Great Dividing Range. Just 40 minutes from Brisbane, it offers the best of country and city living.
9. Despite its open spaces and rich farmland, the Darling Downs region of Southern Queensland faces challenges in obesity and nutrition. By serving the community as a GP, you’ll get to help people get outdoors, get active, and take advantage of the beautiful fruit and veg the region is known for.
10. What a catch! Rural Queensland has incredible wetland habitats brimming with fish and bird life. No matter how busy life gets, you’ll always feel connected to nature.
11. A sea breeze. A glass of crisp sauvignon blanc. The azure blue of the Pacific Ocean. All that, and the knowledge that you are doing meaningful work in a community that needs you. With the right training and the right location, you’ll be able to live a life without compromise. Anyone for sailing?
12. With nearly 7,000 kilometres of coastline and an average of 283 sunny days a year, there’s no better place to raise a family and serve your patients.