Berry Writers Festival - 25 - 27 October 2024Berry Writers Festival 2024 - 25-27 October 2024
Because words matter

Dr James Best

Dr James Best has been a GP for almost 30 years, recently based on the south coast.

In 2015, he and his 15 year old son Sam, who has autism, embarked on a six month backpacking journey around Africa, on a purposeful exposure to uncertainty and chaos in order to improve Sam’s life skills. This intervention was studied by Griffith University and was the subject of his book, Sam’s Best Shot: A Father and Son's Life-Changing Journey through Autism, Adolescence and Africa. The remarkable adventure was also featured on Australian Story in 2017. 

Dr James Best has been a GP medical educator, training GP registrars for over 20 years, and is a past recipient of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners’ GP Supervisor of the Year. He has a specific interest in paediatrics, particularly paediatric disability, and is the Chair of the Child and Young Person Group, which includes 3000 GPs with a paediatric specific interest, within the RACGP.  


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The Berry Writers Festival acknowledges the Dharawal and Dhurga language-speaking groups who are traditional owners of this area. We acknowledge their customs and culture, which have nourished, and continue to nourish, this land. And we extend our respects to Elders, past, present, and future.

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