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15 Jul 2019

Family Doctor Week – July 21 to 27      


Dr Penny Need – South Australia   

Dr Penny Need is a practice partner at Pioneer Medical Centre, located at Tea Tree Gully in the outer north-eastern suburbs of Adelaide.

She initially went there as a registrar and Dr Peter Ford was her supervisor.

“Four of us ex-registrars bought the practice from Peter. I love it. It’s a good practice. It is across the board primary care,” she says.

“I see a lot of women and children and I like that focus. I also treat a lot of mental health.

“I enjoy medicine because of the relationship you have with patients over time. That is very powerful. It’s also challenging. A lot of people are struggling out there.

“Dad was a doctor and Mum was a nurse and they met at the children’s medical facility.

“I am the youngest of four children, but the only one who became a doctor. I thought it would be exciting. I love talking to people. I loved (TV serial) A Country Practice and Terence Elliot (played by Shane Porteous) was my idol.

“I’m the mother of three boys as well. This work is very accommodating of family and provides flexibility.”

Dr Need’s career has also seen her very much involved in medical education – at the University of Adelaide, and Southern Adelaide Local Health Network.

Currently, she is a Senior Medical Trainer at GPex, the South Australian training organisation specialising in training GPs in excellence.

“A big part of my role is in teaching. I spend .3 of my time in the practice and .7 in teaching,” she says.

“I am training the next generation of GPs and what I see is promising. There is good evidence that we will get some very good GPs.”

Published: 15 Jul 2019