07 June 2018

Dr Sarah Goddard returns to country to complete her GP training


For Tennant Creek local and Kaytetye woman, Dr Sarah Goddard, it was a clear choice to return to country to complete her GP training in her community.

“I have wanted to be a rural GP since I was a child, spending lots of time at hospital with family members and seeing the burden from chronic disease in the community” said Sarah.

“I have always wanted to come home to Tennant Creek and be the Doctor everyone knows. I thought the best way to benefit my community is to train in the community. I am getting the qualifications but at the same time helping my community."

"I am the friendly face that calls them from the waiting room, I am the person who knows them and their families, I am the person who once upon a time was serving them at the checkout and I am the person who can understand their concerns."

"Being an Aboriginal women I want to change the health statistics between Indigenous and Non-Indigenous Australian's. I want to make an impact to peoples health care and educate the younger generations to come.  I want to be a role model for others to follow, showing them anything is achievable if your willing to give it a go," says Sarah.

Sarah has a clear focus and passion for rural and remote health and has found her time at Tennant Creek Hospital and the GP clinic as rewarding as she imagined.

“Remote training is the best training. In remote locations you’re not only the Doctor but you’re a member of the community. I get to see people with acute medical problems in the emergency department but also get to spend time in general practice."

"Tennant Creek is a place where you see real life medicine, that some would only see in textbooks. You have the chance to gain skills you would not in bigger locations. Tennant Creek is what rural and remote medicine is about."

“The biggest challenge I face is not always being able to save everyone. Not being able to prevent chronic disease. Not being able to make everything right. But I can try, I can try and educate my patients and the best way to do this is to be a rural GP. Change takes time, but the little steps in between are so rewarding”.

Dr Sarah Goddard with child patient

Dr Sarah Goddard