Dr Lara Wieland MBBS, FRACGP, FACRRM, FARGP, FRACGP, MPH(JCU- Sidney Sax medal), MPH (UTAS-Remote & Polar medicine), CF, AFRACMA

Dr Lara Wieland (2018) has been a rural generalist in remote and rural Australia  for over 23 years and more recently also a remote medical educator.  She has a passion for remote First Nations health and the importance for these communities of quality medical care and continuity in relationships.

 In 2018 Lara was awarded a Churchill fellowship to explore what the factors are that retain doctors in the most remote areas – which allowed her to travel the breadth of remote Canada meeting and learning from many inspiring remote Canadian colleagues. This built on an interest in qualitative research around remote retention.

She also has a passion for mentoring and supporting upcoming colleagues who also wish to work in remote communities and also works as a medical educator for trainee Rural generalist residents in remote areas of Australia and has already starting incorporating some of the ideas she gleaned from her inspiring Canadian colleagues ‘in the north’.

In addition to her clinical and medical education work, Lara and her husband Ron are involved in volunteer youth work with remote Indigenous youth through a charity she helps run (www.otk.org.au) and she also is involved in International aid volunteer work.

Presentation: “Highlights of a Canadian trip and how to advocate for those less visible.”

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