I am originally from the United Kingdom and qualified as a doctor in 1996 at Cambridge University, along with a Masters degree in Neuroscience, and in 2002 completed my general practice training along with membership to the Royal College of General Practitioners.
I have always had an interest in mental health and service delivery which led me later to become medical director for a drug and alcohol unit and clinical governance lead for my primary care trust in Hartlepool.
I spent 5 years in Qatar developing their primary health care services, introducing a competency framework for clinicians, quality assurance structure along with the development of national key performance indicators for service delivery.
In 2013 I was approached to manage an Aboriginal medical service at Winnunga in Canberra. Since then I have been taken by the high prevalence of mental health within the indigenous community sourced predominately from trauma, past as well as present. This has led me to upscale our services by incorporating psychological strategies within the GP consultation.
Working with the ASPM has been a great privilege, and a discovery as to how GPs can do more in the mental health space, not just simple counselling but actual therapy that is effective because of the established therapeutic relationship we have as GPs with our patients.