Meet Dr Emma Davey, Rural hospital doctor

12 July 2018

Category: Rural


Originally from Manchester, Emma now lives in a tiny seaside town just out of Hawera in South Taranaki with a population of around 600. So what made her choose this small-town, rural lifestyle? We thought we鈥檇 find out:

Tell us how you came to be in Ohawe Beach?

Well, I did my medical training in Leeds, in the UK, but soon after that I came to 麻豆视频入口 looking for inspiration and opportunities to try different specialties.

The Division of Rural Hospital Medicine training pathway was very new at that time, and it held lots of appeal. I thought I鈥檇 give it a go since I had always enjoyed working outside of the cities in the UK. It鈥檚 been an amazing experience.

When I gained Fellowship in 2014, an opportunity came up at Hawera Hospital. My husband was able to transfer to Taranaki with his work, so here we are! We鈥檝e been here three-and-a-half years now and we love it.

What did you like most about the DRHM training?

There are lots of things, including being able to work all across the country 鈥 from the South of the South Island, all the way up to the North of the North Island.

My work has been extremely interesting and varied, which has made it really enjoyable.

It鈥檚 so flexible, you get to try a bit of everything - I particularly liked the opportunities to experience ICU, Paediatrics, and Emergency Medicine and to bring some unique skills back to a rural hospital generalist environment where I learned the importance of continuity of care.

I guess I was always destined to be a generalist, but being a rural generalist is just the best.

The academic component of the DRHM training really complements the practical work, but I have to say it鈥檚 the people that make the training so special.

I did my clinical runs over four years at different places around 麻豆视频入口, and I found it was such a privilege to learn from some incredibly humble, experienced rural doctors.

I also really enjoyed meeting and caring for diverse groups of people. The cultural and clinical differences amongst the different populations allowed me to compare and learn in a very unique way.

What are the positives about rural medicine?

Personally I enjoy the clinical autonomy 鈥 there鈥檚 not a lot of bureaucracy or hierarchy. It鈥檚 one team working together. You learn to think outside the square.

The lifestyle is amazing too of course. I get to live in a beautiful setting by the sea and have a stunning mountain view, with a very short commute to work.

Becoming part of a local community, part of something bigger than just work, is a real upside.

I didn鈥檛 really think about that until it happened, but it鈥檚 definitely a benefit 鈥 one that鈥檚 a lot harder to find in urban centres.