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‘I love learning three new things every day’

Dr Luke Notley and his wife, Jacqueline, at the RACGP Queensland awards.
7 October 2022

RACGP’s 2022 Queensland GP Supervisor of the Year, Dr Luke Notley, is a Mackay GP who finds joy in teaching.

Dr Notley has been a GP supervisor with JCU since the University began delivering the Australian General Practice Training Program in 2016, and worked as a part-time medical educator for JCU for about five years.

“Teaching enthusiastic registrars is a joy,” he says. “Ironically when the workforce is stretched, finding the time to teach well is very difficult.

“I believe the key to solving the doctor shortage is to get doctors out of hospitals and into primary care settings such as general practice/Medical Officer Right to Practice (MORPs).

Dr Notley has lived in North Queensland for 19 years, the last 16 in Mackay. He’s originally from Glen Innes, a small New England grazing town where his dad was a wool classer and his mum a teacher.

After graduating from the University of Queensland in 2001, he interned at Princess Alexandra Hospital in Brisbane before stints in Mackay and Mount Isa. He started GP training at Andergrove Medical Centre in Mackay, where his first supervisor was RACGP president-elect and JCU supervisor Dr Nicole Higgins. Paul Hopkins Medical Clinic has been home ever since.

“I fell into general practice, and I love learning three new things every day,” Dr Notley says.

“I think different personalities can make good GPs. Different patients are attracted to different styles.

"I think the one necessity in a good GP is humility. If a GP is humble, they can accept good ideas from their patients, revisit old diagnoses and learn from colleagues and specialists in a way that is enjoyable rather than difficult."

“I am married to a wonderful, supportive wife and have four children who are great fun (and hard work). My main passion outside of medicine and family is farming. I have a share in cattle farm in the New England in northern NSW with my siblings and cousins and love to get down there a couple of times per year.”

Dr Notley said he was honoured to win the RACGP award, and thanked his colleagues at Paul Hopkins Medical Clinic. “Providing a high-quality registrar environment requires input from many doctors and I am very grateful to the doctors here for their positivity and their excellence,” he says.

RACGP will announce the national award winners from the cohort of state and territory winners at GP22 on Sunday 27 November. 

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