My historical fiction novel manuscript, The Taste of Red Dust, won a mentorship in the Australian Society of Authors and Copyright Agency 2020 Award Mentorship Program for Writers and Illustrators, was selected by the Fellowship of Australian Writers WA for a place in the Four Centres Emerging Writers Program 2019-2020 in collaboration with Fremantle Press and was longlisted for the 2017 Richell Prize for Emerging Writers. I have also written two as-yet unpublished contemporary fiction novels.
I was the Western Australian Winner of the 2009 Medical Observer Short Story Competition 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.
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.
Almost 30 years of medical experience has exposed me to the extraordinary value of sharing stories in healing, to help others, to prevent illness and to empower change. I have come to realise that this extends beyond the verbal or written word, to all forms of creativity.
I am a member of the UWA Medical Humanities Network.
My extensive experience in GP/medical communications in my continuing work as Hospital Liaison GP at Royal Perth Hospital since 1997 and former Clinical co-Lead for Cardiovascular Health Network for the WA Health Department (changed to Clinical Lead for Primary Care Integration for the DoHWA Health Networks from July 2018), 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 co-authoring 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 (currently on extended leave). If you’d like more information about my career please see my LinkedIn Profile.
I acknowledge the First Peoples of Australia and the Traditional Owners of the land on which I live and work, the Whadjuk people of the Noongar nation, and pay my respects to their Elders, past, present and emerging.
I live in Perth, Western Australia with my husband, teenage son, an exuberant Border Collie and two rule-the-roost cats.
I love to spend time with family and friends, read, garden and walk along our beautiful Perth beaches and parks.
© 2014 Jacquie Garton-Smith (updated 2020)