Dr Penny Wilson studied medicine at the University of Western Australia, and went on to do both her internship and residency at Sir Charles Gairdner and Princess Margaret Hospitals. After this, Penny went on to complete her Obstetrics training in 2010 at King Edward Memorial Hospital and her GP training through WAGPET working as a GP at Mead Medical, Lindisfarne Medical and Bentley Hospital. During this time, she was on the board of directors of WAGPET for 6 years from 2012-2018
After her fellowship Penny spent 2 years as a locum GP-Obstetrician in rural and remote Australia including Broken Hill, Kangaroo Island, Clare Valley, Broome, Kununurra, Derby, Port Hedland and Albany, followed by 3 years as an obstetrics and emergency district medical officer in Broome Hospital. In 2018 Penny made the decision to move to Canada to work as a GP Obstetrician in Victoria BC and became the medical lead of the first Urgent and Primary Care Centre in Victoria. She also became part of an international medical education team with the EM:RAP podcast.
After spending the last 3 years enjoying living and working in Canada, Penny has decided it is time to come back home to Australia and is excited to be starting a new opportunity at Western Obstetrics.
Outside of work Penny love music (singing in choirs, playing guitar), being outdoors (hiking, camping, snowboarding), and although she has no pets she takes great joy in looking after her many house plants.
Why do you do Obstetrics?
I love being a part of what is typically a joyous and exciting time in peoples’ lives. The medical side of it is interesting and challenging and I enjoy keeping up to date with the latest medical evidence. But ultimately, it’s the connections with the patients and their families that is most rewarding.
What is your birth philosophy?
I believe that every birth is special and unique no matter the journey it takes to get there. I want every patient to feel that they are supported, informed and empowered to make the choices that are right for them. It’s important that patients feel safe and have trust and confidence in their care team throughout the pregnancy, labour and delivery.
What gives you joy?
At work my joy comes from doing a good job and feeling like I have made a difference in a patient’s life. I also enjoy working with a team of passionate and committed colleagues who are all aligned in the same direction of providing quality care to the community.
Outside of work I enjoy getting out into nature with a walk or a hike, making music, having a quiet cuppa while listening to the birds and spending quality time with loved ones.