There’s a sense of purpose in the work that we do – providing the best possible health care to our local community that we are a part of.

Q: Please tell me us about your practice.

A: Quinns Mindarie Super Clinic (QMSC) is a large privately-owned clinic in the northern coastal suburbs. We have a vibrant team of health professionals who are passionate about delivering caring comprehensive primary care and improving patient outcomes. We have started our first general practice research project, which we believe will be the first of many. We are privileged to have such an amazing local community and large patient base and they have embraced our first research project with such enthusiasm – the Quinns Infant Feeding Study. Our pregnant and new mums are helping us understand the factors that influence baby feeding choices and outcomes when it comes to breastfeeding and bottle feeding. We want to identify the factors and what supports are lacking, so that in the future we can come up with strategies and services that will assist our local community going forward.

Q: Who makes up the Quinns Mindarie Super Clinic team?

A: Dr Lyn Wren is our principle supervisor, a passionate educator who has worked in medical education in both Australia and China. She loves nothing more than to study the latest guidelines and journals and is quick to acknowledge she learns the most from her registrars who always keep her on her toes. Dr Jian Mao, our additional supervisor enjoys case-based discussions and sharing his pearls of wisdom with whoever is eager to learn. He also loves hosting his teaching sessions at the local seaside cafe. Tania and Heather are our dynamic duo of practice managers, combining their unique and diverse talents. Tania’s strong administrative background and love of numbers and spreadsheets plus Heather’s business and clinical nursing experience bring the perfect balance to the QMSC management team.

Q: What does a day at Quinns Mindarie Super Clinic look like?

A: The waiting room and treatment room is often full – from babies and families to young adults to many of our older patients, waiting to see the doctor of their choice. There’s lots of laughter along the way – laughter with patients because we have got to know them over the years (some three generations now) and laughing with one another as we get the job done. We all work incredibly hard – from the reception team who never stop, to the treatment room nurses, the chronic disease management nurses, the practice managers and the doctors who are always on the go. We schedule regular staff meetings and professional development meetings so we have time to touch base, re-group and re-plan. There’s a sense of purpose in the work that we do – providing the best possible health care to our local community that we are a part of. We are family and we work together like a finely tuned machine.

Q: Why did Quinns Mindarie Super Clinic decide to become an accredited training facility with WAGPET?

A: We know just how difficult the transition from hospital-based medicine to general practice can be. It can be daunting on so many levels and having the ideal learning environment, support and teaching can make all the difference. We became a WAGPET training facility because our practice is passionate about giving registrars the best possible experience in their training. QMSC is a large, busy practice with a diverse demographic and is an ideal learning ground for doctors coming into general practice.