Meet the College’s New Board Apprentice Dr Lorraine Brooking
Dr Lorraine Brooking (Ngāti Porou, Ngāi Tuhoe) is a rural GP based in Cambridge, and has just been appointed the 2017 College Board Apprentice.
As Board Apprentice, Lorraine joins the RNZCGP Board in governing the College, monitoring its performance against strategic aims and providing guidance to College management.
Also a member of the College's Education Advisory Group, Lorraine splits her clinical time between hospitals and practices in Taupō, Te Kuiti and Tokoroa.
She is working towards Dual Fellowship with the Division of Rural Hospital Medicine, having already gained Fellowship of the College in 2014.
"I particularly enjoy working in rural communities," she says.
"I grew up in a country community with working people, and it's where I feel most comfortable."
"It can be hard some days. A lot of my patients are not the "worried well." When they are ill, they are very ill. But I feel that I can use my skills more here, and it's more challenging."
Lorraine was inspired to become a GP by positive experiences she had with a range of on-call doctors working in the East Cape region, such as the late Dr Paratene Ngata (Dist. FRNZCGP).
"When we were growing up Dr Ngata always used to say to us: 'Feet on the ground.'"
"The phrase is about honouring your whānau and challenging your thought process. He was encouraging us to constantly think about how what we were doing would help our community."
Community spirit is very important to Lorraine, who frequently refers to how she believes it is a privilege to be a GP.
"General practice is steeped in realism - there's no room for fluffiness."
"It puts you in a prime position to work with your community. I think that's a real privilege and very humbling."
Former Board Apprentices have included Dr Liza Lack, now the College's National Clinical Lead and Dr Jo Blakey, now an elected Board Member.
You can read more information about the Board, and view all Board Members on the Governance section of our website.