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Dr Rossato is the founder of the group Docs in Frocks that provides support and networking opportunities to its members.
She said the idea grew two years ago over a few drinks with friends.
“A lot of us are mums and are at home with kids when there are dinner meetings on, which are hard to get
“We thought the boys had a bit of an unfair advantage in networking in Townsville, so we decided to start something up so the girls could get together.”
Two years on, the group now includes more than 300 members, ranging from interns to specialists with over 20 years’ experience from across north Queensland.
The group hosts a number of networking events including dinners, drink events and high teas throughout the year.
On top of the networking events, Docs in Frocks is also a Facebook group for sharing advice.
“We jump on there to share information from who knows a good baby sitter or cleaner, to who would someone recommend for a family member’s surgery.”
Being a mum of four kids ageing between 6 to 11 years old, Dr Rossato knows the value of having a good support network and
She said working at the Northern Beaches GP Super Clinic in Townsville, as a GP registrar has given her flexibility in her working and home life.
“The best thing about being a GP is that the hours are very good, not a lot of
Dr Rossato is completing her GP training through James Cook University (JCU
“I am very lucky that JCU let me do some part-time training so I still have time to get up and scream at the kids ‘get in the car’ and get to work in time.”
When speaking about
“I like to think that
Dr Rossato’s piece of advice for any women considering becoming a GP – “Go for it! It is a great specialty to do, with or without family. The College is really flexible with having time off for
She encouraged any lady doctor looking for support or to
If you would like to join Docs in Frocks, send them a message via their Facebook group with your medical registration details.