Dr Louanne Ebert
Dr Louanne Ebert graduated from the University of Adelaide in 1981, and has found a "living" application of a passion for mental health threaded ubiquitously through her career as a metropolitan GP.
This interest began with some early post graduate work with the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service, and was fostered by a mentor, Dr Desmond Scholz, a pioneer of mental health in general practice.
Her interest has continued through many ongoing GP training opportunities in this area. ASPM involvement is one such opportunity, enabling connection with like-minded GPs.
What do you do to relax?
To relax, I enjoy both playing and listening to music. I appreciate most genres but have a background training in classical music and have played with the Australian Doctors Orchestra over the years, again, a link with others who share the profession and creativity. I also enjoy walking, beach or bush, and spending quality time with my family and friends.As for many in my age group, caring for grandchildren adds a welcome, fun and expanding perspective to life.
What is your favourite book that you are reading at the moment?
The book I have just finished reading , one among several still "on the go", is The Things we Cannot Say by Kelly Rimmer, which parallels modern life and the challenges of raising a child with autism , and life in Poland during the Nazi occupation, the emotional legacy of information suppression.
Why have you decided to join the ASPM Committee?
I have remained on the ASPM Committee having deepened my understanding of the background work maintaining and building of this place for the meeting of "like minds", of GPs who work in mental health. Throughout my years as a GP I have always tried to work with the "whole person", the dance of physical , mental and spiritual health challenging and opening opportunities to explore underlying and contributary psychological aspects. I believe that a generalist perspective gives both scope and skills which ASPM can harness and foster through connection, education and advocacy and have an interest across these areas.