Genevieve Yates is someone who likes to have her fingers in many different pies.
After 20 years of working as a doctor, Genevieve is now the General Manager of Education Services as the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP). Prior to this she was the Principal Medical Educator for the RACGP, the RACGP Queensland Censor, Chair of the RACGP Expert Committee Pre-Fellowship Education, a performance assessor for AHPRA and a member of MDA National’s Education Services Advisory Group (ESAG). She also worked as an educator/ facilitator for MDA National and the Black Dog Institute.
In 2010, Genevieve received the Arts and Health Australia Awards for Excellence in Medical Humanities and Education and in 2014 was awarded GPET’s Medical Educator of the Year (Australia wide). In 2016, she received the RACGP Queensland Chair Award for outstanding dedication and commitment to RACGP Queensland and service to the discipline of general practice.
When she is not healing the sick or teaching the healers, Genevieve liked to indulge in a range of creative pursuits including theatre, music, film, stand-up comedy and writing. She has worked in front of and behind the camera in film and TV (she was the governess on the ABC’s series “Outback House” in 2005), and has performed on stage in several local plays and musical productions including Les Miserables, Blood Brothers and Annie. She taught violin, plays piano, sings, and performed with the Queensland Medical Orchestra and the Australian Doctors’ Orchestra.
She enjoys creative writing, and has had several of her short stories published, winning two national short story competitions (in 2008 and 2010). She is a freelance columnist, writing for several publications including Australian Doctor, Medical Observer, Good Practice and Wellplan. She wrote, directed and acted in an educational film, “What Would the Coroner Think?”, which was released nationally in May 2009, and has written an adult fiction novel, “Silver Linings”, published in 2011.
Playwriting was a particular passion for Genevieve. Her debut as a playwright and director was in May 2010 when one her plays, “Adam and Eve” had a two week performance run in Buderim, Queensland. This play has been published by the Australian Script Centre and since been performed on several occasions, most recently in November 2017 by the Canberra Academy of Dramatic Arts (CADA).
Her comedic play, “Death by Sausage” was performed in several venues around South East Queensland in August, 2010 before having a successful two week season in Nambour in October, 2010. She was placed 5th and 6th in a national playwriting competition (M.A.I.D.2 PLAY Dogwood Playwrights Initiative 2010) for her two one act play entries.
In February 2011, her full length play, “Walk a Mile in my Shoes”, had a rehearsed reading at Noosa Arts Theatre. Another of her plays, “If the Shoe Fits” was performed in Armidale in November 2011 by ADMS in their “Favourite Shorts” season. It was placed second in the Audience Choice Awards and was performed again in January 2013.
“Physician Heal Thyself” has been used in educational sessions for doctors all around Australia since 2011 and was also performed for a general public audience in September 2012, by Kalamunda Amateur Dramatics Society (KADS), in Western Australia.
She combined her interests in writing, medicine and music to create a musical about General Practice, co-written by Dr Gerard Ingham. ”GP the Musical” was premiered at the National GPET Convention in 2012. . It had a sell-out season at the 2013 Melbourne International Comedy Festival in April 2013 at Melbourne’s Gasworks Theatre and was performed in Darwin in October GP13. It had a sellout season at the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDS) in Sydney 14 – 17 September 2017.
Genevieve is passionate about putting creativity into medicine, and medicine into creativity. She uses film, theatre and music in her teaching of GP registrars and supervisors, and also finds that medicine inspires and complements her writing, and vice versa.