Social Media GP is run by a group of GP’s, GP Registrars and Medical Students who are passionate about increasing the awareness and use of social media by Australian general practitioners. Many of us have presented individually at past conferences and written extensively to promote the use of social media but we have now joined together to combine our efforts and work towards building a thriving online community of social media savvy GP’s.

Social Media GP Contributors

Dave Townsend

Contributor & Designer

Before a career change into medicine, Dave had a career in design, marketing and media. Now in his fourth year of medicine at the University of New England, David uses this experience in his role as National Chair of the General Practice Students Network, a network of clubs with over 10,000 members promoting General Practice to Australian medical students. Dave is also Campaign Officer and Co-Founder of Medical Student Action on Training, the grassroots student movement behind the successful #interncrisis social media campaign. Dave also worked with GPRA to develop the #ScrapTheCap social media campaign strategy and campaign website.


David Chessor


Dr David Chessor is a GP Registrar training with North Coast GP Training. After leaving the hospital system for General Practice, a quiet GP life beckoned. This, of course, has not gone to plan at all, which is a wonderful thing! David started work as a Registrar Liaison Officer for NCGPT in 2012, which has fostered interest in a number of different areas of General Practice Training. He now also works as an RME, and as Chair of the GP Registrar Medical Educator Network and the Emerging Supervisors Network. David also teaches as a Conjoint Senior Lecturer for the UNSW Rural Clinical School in Port Macquarie. Clinically, he works and learns at Durri AMS in Kempsey. The confluence of Medical Education and Social media is a real passion. David tweets as @dchessor, and blogs at notjustagp.com. When not at work, David either indulges his inner nerd with his MPH study, potters in the veggie garden with the chooks and faithful Pug puppy Herbie, or whips on the Lycra and heads out for a bike ride. Unfortunately he can’t get the dog to wear a matching Lycra outfit.


Melanie Clothier


Melanie is a registrar with Adelaide to Outback GP training and is currently working and training in rural South Australia. She is passionate about general practice (especially rural general practice) and believes in life-long learning. She hopes that she might be able to extend this through blogging and use of other social media. She enjoys the simple things in life, including time with family and friends, good coffee, good food and wine, casual cycling and travel.


Gerry Considine


Gerry is a rural GP registrar based in South Australia. As part of his training, Gerry is undertaking an academic post, which involves part time teaching, research and clinic. He is passionate about online learning, rural health and GP registrar advocacy. In his limited free time, Gerry plays in a two piece garage rock band, flies planes and writes an online blog.


George Forgan-Smith


George is a general practitioner based in Melbourne Australia. He trained in medicine at the University of Queensland graduating in 2003. His areas of interest include Men’s Health, Sexual Health, Weight loss and well being, Mental Health Non invasive cosmetic medicine as well as education via the use of multimedia and Internet technology. He is highly active on social media and runs a number of successful health related sited including The Healthy Bear.


Edwin Kruys


Edwin is a graduate of the University of Amsterdam (2000), The Netherlands, and is a fellow of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners. Edwin has a special interest in travel medicine, project management and social media & health, and is a member of the International Society of Travel Medicine.


Ewen McPhee


Ewen is a Rural GP and GP Obstetrician resident of the town of Emerald, Central Queensland for the last 25 years. Dr McPhee has been a GP Supervisor since 1997 and more recently an assistant Medical Educator for CSQTC. Innovation in rural and isolated practice has been an ongoing interest of Dr McPhee. Recent introduction of formal Telehealth items for GPs and Specialists and the implementation of the PCEHR are positive mechanisms for rural patients and attempt to bridge the divide between Metropolitan and Remote Health Service Provision. Dr McPhee has been a member of the ACRRM/RACGP implementation committee of the PCEHR Curriculum, as well as a “teleHealth champion” for ACRRM and the Central Queensland Medicare local.

Casey Parker


Casey is a GP working in Broome, NW of Western Australia. He works as a hospital DMO (District Med Officer) doing Emergency, Anaesthestics, some Obstetrics and a lot of miscellaneous primary care. He is also employed as a clinical teacher for the Rural Clinical School of UWA / Notre Dame. He has been teaching Paediatrics to Med Students for the past 7 years.


Karen Price


Karen Price is a family GP from Melbourne Australia. She is Chair of the Women in General Practice Committee for RACGP Victoria and is interested in most things!


Tim Senior


Tim am a General Practitioner (Family Physician) in an Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation in South West Sydney. He teaches on the GP training program and teaches medical students from 3 universities. He plays viola in an orchestra and tries to help his wife, Jo, by growing fruit and vegetables and brewing the occasional beer. His three children are curious about all this activity. AMS Doctoris where he post things relevant to working in Aboriginal health and #Supertwision.


Aaron Sparshott


Aaron is currently in his final year of Medicine (MBBS) at the University of Queensland (UQ). His blog was born to investigate and share information on health issues, clinical and biomedical sciences, technology and his experiences of medical education along the way.


Penny Wilson


Penny is a newly fellowed GP obstetrician from Perth, Western Australia, embarking on a new life as a rural locum doctor. She is constantly on the road, having lots of grand adventures and looking for a place to eventually settle down and call home. She is passionate about general practice, obstetrics, medical education and quality patient care. She has a habit of joining committees and has a crippling inability to say “no”. She is an enthusiastic but still amateur user of social media and a huge fan of FOAM.


Rebecca Wood


Rebecca is a final year medical student at the University of Western Australia. She is National Publications Officer of the General Practice Students Network, enjoys General Surgery, OB/Gyn and GP and in her spare time plays hockey.