Generally speaking, Billy fell into the role of co-host on the RACGP Podcast that is currently running on various streaming platforms including Spotify and Apple Play.
“I had done some media training for the RACGP and a couple of months later I got a phone call asking if I would like to take part in a podcast for the College as they had “scouted” me! I was toying with the idea of doing something similar myself, so it was good timing.”
“The aim is to inform as many GPs and GP trainees about the latest medical developments, give them tips on personal wellbeing, connect GPs through the podcast) and help improve the health of our communities.
“Being produced by the RACGP it is tailored to GPs in Australia, including GP trainees, however the audience is going to be broader, even international, as it is being published on an open platform.
“My co-host Dr Gill Singleton is fantastic, we actually only met for this podcast. On paper, RACGP thought we would be a great match, and we have been! She has a wealth of knowledge, one of her passions is asylum and refugee health -she is actually a medical director of Cabrini Asylum seeker and refugee health hub. Gill has got so many connections and such a wide array of experience that I love hearing about, and hopefully, our listeners do too.
“Selecting topics is good fun. RACGP has excellent media and communication team so we get to hear what topics are hot and those that our audiences would be interested in and then jointly decide what to include. We would also love to have feedback from our listeners about what else they would like to hear!
“We are hoping to keep the conversation going! We want to continue having high impact and highly knowledgeable guests on the show that can improve our skillset, as a collective, and help us improve the art of general practice.
Billy trained with EV and was an advocate of EV’s program, undertaking the role of Registrar Liaison Officer during his training which he approached with enthusiasm. He also supported EV’s recruitment activities and did promotional videos and seminars during his training.
“I fellowed early 2019 and was working out at Frankston in a clinic but also doing some aged care. At that time I dropped my hours down to about 3 days a week, doing mainly aged care, just enough to keep an income going and pay all the bills. The reason being that my wife was pregnant and we were expecting our little one.I basically got to choose my hours and be home with my wife and our new baby during the early months. This flexibility was useful as, once a Fellow, there is no paternity leave!
“In March 2019 I was lucky enough to be given an opportunity to take over a practice in Oakleigh. I now own the practice called The General Practitioner –Oakleigh & District and have loved every bit of it! It is hard work but at the end of the day I get to have a say in the practice staff and get to create a good working environment and that’s what I always wanted.”