Talking about Twitter's place in medicine

When Tim Senior (pictured) graduated from medical school in the UK and then did his internship in Alice Springs, he naturally assumed that this red, arid land typified life in Australia.  Now living in Sydney he realises how naive he was. He talks to 6minutes about his work.

Why Aboriginal health?  

I love it actually. Having a medical degree is a privilege because it allows you access to communities that you normally wouldn’t get to see. I’ve been working in this area for nine years and I can’t imagine doing anything else.

Are the Aboriginal health issues in Sydney the same as the NT?

There are similarities in that I see lots of heart disease, diabetes, skin problems like scabies, and mental health issues but I don’t see so much trachoma and rheumatic heart disease anymore.

So there is a large Aboriginal community in Sydney?

Yes, there is in South Western Sydney which actually has the largest Aboriginal population in terms of numbers. It’s opened my eyes to the fact that poor health in indigenous people is by no means a problem restricted to rural areas.

How else do you fill your week?

I am the Aboriginal health medical advisor for the RACGP and teach medical students from three universities plus I’m very active on social media.

Why social media?

I’m only active on Twitter but none of my tweets are RACGP opinions. They’re mine. Twitter makes it easy to connect with people from all sorts of backgrounds which helps me in my work. And it’s especially good for conferences and academic research.

Do many GPs use social media?