As a GP I’m your ‘specialist in life’. Yet life, as we know, is a tumultuous, unpredictable creature.
What I actually specialise in is managing chaos.
It’s no exaggeration to boast that, after 25 years of constant practice, I have mastered the art of uncertainty.
Mastery is not an end point, of course — the day an expert stops learning is the day expertise wanes. But I, along with thousands of my GP colleagues, am about as good as it gets.
Collectively, we experienced GPs constitute the A-team of sorting out the whims and vagaries of all of life’s assaults upon health.
Give me a thousand people with a fever (or just hang around my office for a year) and I’ll sift through them more accurately, safely, swiftly and cost effectively than any other health profession in Australia.
It’s what I do.
I’ll do it cheaper than a paediatrician, safer than a nurse practitioner, with fewer tests than an emergency physician, and with better outcomes than a whole host of alternative therapists.
Ditto for a thousand folk with tiredness, pain, worry, dizziness or nausea. Or indeed, a thousand well people who want to stay well.
All these grand claims are based upon one underlying precondition: uncertainty. Continue reading