Specialise as a GP campaign launched by College of GPs

30 May 2022

The Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners has launched its latest ‘Specialise as a GP’ campaign.

Aimed at highlighting the specialist general practice and rural medicine workforce, the campaign features five general practitioners, sharing their stories about why they chose this specialty, and to inspire others to see general practice as a rewarding career choice.

College President Dr Samantha Murton says, “The College is committed to not only increasing overall numbers of specialist general practitioners but also creating a diverse workforce that reflects New Zealand’s diverse population.“We are thrilled that our doctors agreed to be the faces of the campaign and highlight why they chose to specialise as a general practitioner. Their reasons, experiences, challenges, and rewards are all different – and that’s what is so great about our profession – no two days are ever the same.”

“The majority of heath care happens in the community by us. The GP shortage is well documented. Around 50 percent of the workforce is due to retire in the next 10 years. Before this happens, we need to make use of their knowledge and expertise to help train the next generation of specialists – and we need more medical students to seriously consider specialising in general practice. 

“The health of our patients is our top priority. We are passionate and dedicated to the communities we serve, providing complex and comprehensive care, but we need more of us. 

“Enjoy the videos, and if you are inspired to make a difference, join us,” says Dr Murton.

Specialise as a GP feature (English)
Specialise as a GP feature (Te Reo)
Dr Jason Tuhoe, Taranaki
Dr Lily Fraser, Auckland
Dr Liam Watson, Dargaville
Dr Vanisi Prescott, Auckland
Dr Melissa Austen, Wellington 

For more information about specialising as a GP, visit the College website.