Family Doctor Day – One Minute with…Dr Elizabeth Loudon

Elizabeth Louden is a family doctor based at St Martin’s Medical Practice. Elizabeth was one of the driving forces behind their recent Bloke’s Bash event that invited their male patients to explore the full range of health and wellbeing services available through their practice. Elizabeth has been in general practice for 14 years now and shared some of her highs and lows. 

  1. What’s the most rewarding thing about being a GP?
    I believe being a GP is a real privilege and, for me, the best job in the world. The most rewarding aspect is connecting with people. I love the connection with my team members as well as colleagues in the wider health system. But most of all I enjoy connecting with patients, hearing their stories, and supporting them with their health and wellbeing goals. The relationship I build with people over time is very special to me and I treasure it. 
  2. What’s been one of the big challenges with being a GP? 
    The biggest challenge about general practice right now is trying to provide the high standard of Primary Care I would like to within the current health model, which has not been adapted to meet the needs of the chronic and complex physical and mental health problems so many Tangata whaiora are facing. 
  3. Anything else you’d like to share?
    A big shout out to my St Martins Medical Whanau! I am so fortunate to work with such authentic, caring and selfless people who share my passion for providing excellent Primary health care and having lots of fun along the way!