Dr James Sterrey — finding wings with regional placements
Dr James Sterrey’s path to regional medicine wasn’t a direct one. As a city boy with a science degree, it was while employed as a research scientist, on Parkinson’s Disease, that he realised working directly with patients, rather than in a laboratory, would be more fulfilling. So, he turned to medicine, and left Sydney for a regional placement in Orange. There he found a collegiate environment where junior doctors were both treated well and given broad enough experience to really find their wings. And he quickly grew to love the regional lifestyle, and the time it gave him to pursue his hobbies. After spending periods working as a doctor as far afield as Broken Hill and Alice Springs, he’s now set to become a regionally based ophthalmologist, happily ensconced in a speciality he says offers a wide variety of work, both for his mind and his hands.