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Dr Krystyna de Lange

Meet Dr Krystyna de Lange, Registrars Liaison Officer

Dr Jaimie Hurley (featured image)

Dr Krystyna de Lange knows the importance of first impressions.

“I remember being so inspired by the presenters at my GPTQ orientation. They showed so much commitment and passion for general practice. I walked away knowing I had made the right career move without having even seen a patient yet.”

Guiding new registrars

Now a GP registrar, Krystyna has just taken on the role of Registrar Liaison Officer (RLO) at GPTQ and aims to make a similar first impression on new registrars. “Hopefully I can help guide them through the transition from hospital to the general practice setting so that they have the best possible experience during that journey.”

The RLO represents GPTQ registrars, giving them a voice and focal point. Krystyna will act as a liaison between registrars and GPTQ. The role entails advocacy and representation for all GPTQ registrars, having input into relevant programs and communication, and providing assistance to registrars with professional challenges and training questions.

Krystyna’s journey

Krystyna is about to finish her first 12 months as a GP registrar. She spent the past year at Inala Indigenous Health Centre of Excellence, an Aboriginal Medical Service on the outskirts of Brisbane.

It was a logical move after a transformative training placement.

“During my final two years of medical studies, I was lucky enough to be posted to Cherbourg for my rural term. It was here that my passion for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples’ health was ignited.”

That wasn’t the only change that happened in Cherbourg.

“It was also where I met a handsome local copper. Fast forward six years and I am back working in Indigenous Health… and married to that policeman.”

Getting the most from general practice

Krystyna is also passionate about women’s health and paediatrics, having completed her Diploma of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (DRANZCOG) and Diploma of Child Health.

Krystyna’s range of medical interests all form part of the varied role of a GP, and it was this variety that drew her to general practice.

“I don’t think I could ever get bored as a GP. It is such an amazing challenge to constantly see new patients with such varied presentations and complaints.”

Being a positive influence on people

But perhaps the greatest pull towards general practice for Krystyna was the patient interaction and continuity.

“I really yearned to be able to develop long term relationships with patients and help and guide them through the whole life cycle. I believe this is something truly unique to the general practice model. It enables the practitioner to treat the person, not just the condition. You have a chance to really make a difference.”

And making a difference is something Krystyna will endeavor to do in her new role.

“As RLO, I will try my very best to have a positive influence on the training experience of current and future GP registrars.”