Rural Generalist Profiles

Rural Generalists are medical practitioners who are trained to meet the specific healthcare needs of Australian rural and remote communities. Here are profiles of Rural Generalists currently working around Australia and what the National Rural Generalist Pathway will mean for them.

Page last updated: 05 March 2019

Dr Marian Dover

Dr Marian Dover

Taree, NSW


“It is really important to match where you want to live with the town’s needs, and to start that process early!” This principle has led Marion to pursue Rural Generalist Obstetrics after previously considering Paediatrics and Anaesthetics. The Hunter New England region is the ideal place for her family and her career.

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Dr Justin Gladman

Dr Justin Gladman

Broken Hill, New South Wales


“I’m moving around the community, working in different places.” RFDS Rural Generalist Anaesthetist Justin Gladman is back working in Broken Hill, where he lived prior to medical school. Rural Clinical Schools, Cadetships, Rural Intern Registrar training have been great preparation to help him help others to “see their options for following their dreams”.

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Dr Pete Gilchrist

Dr Pete Gilchrist

Murray Bridge, South Australia


“Country patients, variety, comradery and having practical skills that make a difference!” These keep Rural Generalist Anaesthetist Pete Gilchrist enthused about Rural Generalist practice – to the extent that he is now undertaking a PhD to improve the rural health system further.

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Dr Teena Downton

Dr Teena Downton

Cowra, New South Wales


Rural student clubs, the John Flynn Placement Program, a Rural Cadetship, rural internship and registrar training have all contributed to Teena Downton becoming a Rural Generalist Obstetrician motivated “to help rural communities maintain access to quality and safe health care close to home.”

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Dr Chris McCue

Dr Chris McCue

Yarrawonga, Victoria


“Doing additional training in Internal Medicine means I have worked across the hospital looking after the sickest and most complex patients.” Chris McCue is currently completing training in endoscopy and has had to find his own way through the maze of regulatory, educational and professional bodies. ‘In short, a national RG Pathway would be priceless.”

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Dr Aliza Lord

Dr Aliza Lord

Wagga Wagga, New South Wales


A Rural Generalist Pathway will “get over the whole ‘crossing boundaries’ thing”. A Rural Generalist with Additional Skills in Emergency Medicine, Aliza Lord was inspired to a rural career by her medical student experience in Broken Hill – where she also met her husband – “Broken Hill is now my home”.

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