EV is delighted to announce that Dr Cassie Rickard has been named ‘Rural Registrar of the Year’ at the RACGP GP17 Conference in Sydney. Cassie is based at Gladstone Street Practice, Warragul and is an EV Registrar Medical Educator.
Cassie has shown a genuine commitment to rural general practice during her relatively short time in the profession, and the RACGP’s 2017 Rural Registrar of the Year has made herself a valuable part of the local workforce in Victoria’s Gippsland region. Cassie’scommitment to rural healthcare has been evident from her time as a medical student, seeking out remote placements in East Gippsland, and the Northern Territory via the John Flynn Placement Program. She was also involved in the Rural Australia Medical Undergraduate Scholarship (RAMUS) Scheme, receiving mentoring from a rural GP Anaesthetist.
Her formative experience working in general practice through the now-defended PGPPP program as an intern at Trafalgar Medical Centre solidified her interest in the specialty. She was impressed by the scope of practice offered by rural GPs, and satisfaction of working within a small community. Through her early medical years she has worked towards accumulating skills to aid her in General Practice, completing a DRANZCOG, DCH, and Masters of Public Health and Tropical Medicine.
One of her key drivers as a GP is building connections with patients, and working in partnership to optimise their health. She feels privileged to share patient journeys, particularly during the perinatal period, mental health challenges and recoveries, and lifestyle change. Also working as a Medical Educator, Cassie balances part time general practice with teaching the rural registrars of EV, and also works with medical students through the Monash School of Rural Health. Through these roles she promotes the importance of self-care, and of developing a support network to navigate the many demands of training. Feeling as though she has been battling self-doubt and uncertainty daily, she initially struggled to accept the recognition of this award, now recognising the features of ‘imposter syndrome’ which many GPs experience. However, the award has helped validate her efforts and sacrifices over the past few years, and those of her husband who moved from NSW to allow her to work in the area she loves. She also feels it recognises the efforts of her many mentors and colleagues who have inspired and supported her – and thanks them for making her the doctor that she is today.