Dr Mike Civil - RACGP Presidential Nomination 2012


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I completed GP training in Leicestershire in the UK, then worked in a general practice for a year, before coming out to Australian in January 1992. Being unfamiliar with the general practice system in Australia (being an International Medical Graduate), I opted to work as a Medical Registrar at Fremantle Hospital in WA.
Whilst working in a hospital setting primarily, I started to do weekend work in general practice, at the Hatherley Medical Centre in Winthrop.

At the end of my year at Fremantle Hospital, I joined the Hatherley Medical Centre, for a year, as a long term locum.
It was during this year that I realised that I had not seen a great deal of Australia and, with encouragement from Dr Tim Lipsombe and Dr John Hearne, at Hatherley, I decided that I would work in rural WA.

Having not obtained procedural skills in Obstetrics or Anaesthetics, and not wishing to take services away from a rural community, I decided that a larger centre was probably the better option for me. I moved to Kalgoorlie in February 1994.
During my 6 years in Kalgoorlie, I improved my clinical skills, gained a greater appreciation of the issues and challenges of rural general practice and had a fantastic experience! It was during this time in Kalgoorlie that I developed the small business skills that were to serve me well over the years to come. I also started to increase my computer skills and experience, becoming one of the first practices in WA to go fully computerised with Medical Spectrum in 1997.
As my children approached High School age, my wife, Cathy, and I decided that we would return to the city and consider the next stage of our careers. My wife is also a GP and our 2 doctor practice in Kalgoorlie, is completely different to the very large practice that we now run in Kalamunda and High Wycombe; the Stirk Medical Group.

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Dr Michael S Civil. RACGP number: 530636. Stirk Medical Group, 8 Canning Road, Kalamunda, WA 6076