Meet the Fellows: Dr Selina Tsui

FRACGP Class of ‘21

Dr Selina Tsui’s journey to become a GP began after working as a Pharmacist in Melbourne and realising that she wanted the ability to treat each patient holistically. 

She moved to Perth in 2011 to pursue a career in medicine and joined the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners when asked to choose her speciality as a junior doctor. 

Selina particularly enjoyed the lifestyle choices that came with being a GP. 

“After years of studying and working long hours as a junior doctor, I realised it’s important to find a long-term career that enabled a reasonable work-life balance,” she said.

“Being a GP has definitely allowed for that.”

Selina described the continuity of care that came with the profession which she liked the most.

“I remember working in the hospital, and discharging patients to their GP’s care, never knowing what happened next,” she said.

“Being able to follow through and see the outcomes of patients is very satisfying.”

She enjoys piecing together the puzzle of how to treat her patients. 

“A career in general practice can be challenging but also incredibly rewarding because of the scope of medicine we cover,” Selina said.

“I like not knowing what patients are presenting with when they walk through my door. It keeps the days interesting!”

Selina has worked in the outer metropolitan area and now in the inner city, where she has practised for the past year and a half, first as a trainee and now as a fellow GP.

“I have been lucky to have worked in areas where there’s plenty of support and services around to assist in my patients’ care,” she said.

“GPs are commonly the first port of call for patients and their health concerns.

“Knowing the services available and knowing how to access them is very important. I think we get underestimated for how much we need to know in order to give our patients the best holistic care.”

Selina obtained her Fellowship with the RACGP earlier this year, during which she has also obtained a Diploma of Children’s Health and the National Certificate of Reproductive and Sexual Health.  

“I think the beauty of being a GP is the endless opportunity to learn and extend yourself and your skills,” she said. 

Selina’s urged future GPs is to embrace the diversity of the role as a GP and make the most of the flexibility it allows. 

“The best part of being a GP is that you can make it whatever you want it to be,” she said. 

“You can be a generalist or be a GP with special interests. You can work rurally or in metropolitan areas.

“The flexibility of the hours you work and where you work is another benefit not many other specialities offer!

  "It is a really rewarding career path, and one where you can really make a difference in the community you serve.”