I am currently seeking representation for my two as-yet unpublished novels, and working on my third.
Working as a General Practitioner with a special interest in counselling and family medicine has given me insight into relationships and communication as well as responses to life events. My experience is that we can often access our emotions, learn and better understand ourselves through fiction.
I was the Western Australian Winner of 2009 Medical Observer Short Story Competition for GPs for my short story ‘Waiting Room’ which was published online in the Annual Arts Edition 2009, a collection of short stories – Waiting Room Stories, Writing by Creative Doctors.
My extensive experience in GP/medical communications in my continuing work as Hospital Liaison GP at Royal Perth Hospital since 1997 and Clinical Lead for Cardiovascular Health Network for the WA Health Department since 2010 has led to frequent items in WA/local General Practice publications and an article “All work no play makes a dull GP” published in Australian Doctor in 1999 as well as coauthoring Australian and International journal articles.
I studied Medicine (MBBS) at the University of Western Australia, winning the Boots Prize for Psychiatry in my final year. After graduating in 1991, I worked at Royal Perth Hospital until 1994 and entered the General Practice training program, achieving a Fellowship to the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (FRACGP) in 1995. I work as a GP in Wembley in a limited capacity due to my other commitments. If you’d like more information about my career please see my LinkedIn Profile.
I live in Perth, Western Australia with my husband, teenage son and two highly energetic dogs, a Kelpie and a Doberman.
I love to spend time with family and friends, read, walk along our beautiful Perth beaches and parks, garden and enjoy a glass of wine (preferably bubbly or cellared or both) in moderation.
© 2014 Jacquie Garton-Smith (updated 2017)