Inner West local, Dr Chris Scott is a General Practitioner who has recently joined the team at Balmain Village Health. Dr Scott offers a non-judgmental, evidence-based approach to patient care. He enjoys the variety of general practice but has a keen interest in Men’s Health. Dr Scott loves the outdoors and when not at work, he likes going on hikes, keeping fit and spending time with family.
Tell us a little about yourself
I grew up in rural NSW and moved to the Inner West after completing high school and such is my love for the Inner West, I have lived here since! Initially, I worked in Medical Research with a focus on diabetes, before completing Medicine at the University of Sydney and then my GP training. In my spare time I enjoy hikes, keeping fit, spending time with my family and friends and trying new things.
What inspired you to become a GP?
I was really inspired to become a GP through my own experience with chronic illness. I was unwell for a time, and saw multiple GPs, before I was diagnosed and sent on the right track. I saw first-hand how important a good GP is and how they can make a huge difference.
How would you describe your style as a GP?
I have a non-judgmental, evidence-based and consultative approach. People have different experiences, priorities and needs. It is important that the rationale behind any recommendations are explained and management goals are negotiated with this in mind.
What do you enjoy most about your job?
I love the variety of general practice and the sense of community that working in a village setting brings. I also enjoy the continuity of care and being able to help people navigate the health care system during difficult periods in their lives.
Do you have any special areas of interests as a GP? What interests you most about these areas?
I am interested in all aspects of General Practice and the variety it brings. I’m also particularly interested in Men’s Health, and I think engaging men in preventative health can have a big impact. I have completed some extra training in Skin Cancer Medicine and enjoy performing simple skin procedures.
You completed your General Practice training earlier this year, what have been the biggest challenges you have faced and how have you overcome them?
I find the biggest challenge with General Practice is also the most rewarding aspect. That is, the varied presentations and not knowing who and what will walk in the door next. It’s important to be surrounded by a team, and this is certainly the case at Balmain Village Health.
Favourite places in the Inner West?
My favorite restaurants in the Inner West are Bloodwood and the Newtown Continental Deli. My favorite café is probably Illi Hill Café. The Henson is also great for an afternoon out with friends.
What has inspired you recently?
My patients! People’s resilience in adversity is pretty awe-inspiring.
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