BM BS (Flinders), DRACOG, FRACGP, FARGP
I grew up in Adelaide, South Australia doing my medical training at Flinders University and graduating in 1994. My wife and I moved to the Northern Territory after I completed my internship, and ended up staying for 5 years, doing three years of hospital training, particularly in Obstetrics and Anaesthesia. I was fortunate enough to then be employed in Katherine for the completion of my post graduate degree in rural general practice. A 6 week rotation as a student in PNG eventually led to our full time return to Kompiam in Enga Province in 2000 serving a mostly very remote population of somewhere between 40,000-60,000. I have been employed as Medical Superintendent there since that time, working at various times with up to two other doctors, but also unfortunately for long periods on my own. That journey has been shared with Karina, and our 4 children (Natasha, Ashleigh, Chelsea and Nicholas). The experiences in Kompiam have been key in the ideas that led to us setting up PNG’s first training program for rural doctors – the Masters of Medicine (Rural), in collaboration with the University of PNG. This program is now training and placing local doctors all over rural PNG and continues to grow. The PNG Society for Rural and Remote Medicine was formed in 2008 as a collaboration between rurally placed doctors across the country, and is now working in conjunction with overseas partners to foster increased interest and support for rural doctors in PNG.