Dr Louisa Tatton always knew that working as part of a close-knit healthcare team would be a rewarding aspect of life as a doctor in a rural community.
"But I never expected it would involve my other half!" she admitted.
Both Louisa and her partner, Dr Antoun Boulos, are GP Registrars in northern Tasmania.
Antoun is at the George Town Medical Centre and Louisa is with the Tasmanian Aero Medical Retrieval Team, based in Launceston.
While Louisa doesn’t work on the plane – she does work in the Emergency Department at Launceston General Hospital.
Being able to combine primary care work with emergency medicine makes rural generalist practice a great career choice, and Tasmania can really facilitate this style of practice.Dr Louisa Tatton
In about a month the pair will be swapping jobs - with Louisa following on from Antoun at George Town and he will be based at Launceston and working on the plane.
“Despite working in two separate towns we've managed to have a lot of continuity of care,” Louisa said.
“I'm quite often seeing patients Antoun has had to send in to the bigger hospital and it’s been a great experience being able to work as a team despite being apart.
“I think the patients love it when I can pop in and tell them I know their GP!”
Undertaking a variety of roles is an important part of Louisa and Antoun’s Australian General Practice Training (AGPT) program, which is delivered through General Practice Training Tasmania as part of a four-year pathway with the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine.
Louisa is also completing a Diploma in Emergency Medicine, and has undertaken extensive training in this field.
"Being able to combine primary care work with emergency medicine makes rural generalist practice a great career choice, and Tasmania can really facilitate this style of practice,” she said.
Louisa and Antoun chose ACRRM's GP training pathway because of the wide variety of skills training it offers.
"It equips you very well for life as a rural doctor," Louisa said.
"And our medical supervisors and other colleagues have been very supportive and really generous in sharing their expertise with us.”