Now the goal was, [like Linus from "Peanuts"], to become a rich, famous humble country doctor [apologies to the late Charles M Schulz], I just haven't got the first part sussed yet! I did manage the "country doctor" bit, becoming a General Practitioner working and living for the last 23 years in Hawera, a [vibrant] rural town serving the South Taranaki district, one of the most productive dairying regions of the world, situated between New Plymouth (one hour's drive Northwest) and Wanganui (one hour's drive Southeast), on the west coast of New Zealand's North Island. However, the Taranaki District Health Board doesn't class Hawera GPs as rural, so its all work and no p(l)ay.
Born: 7th October 1953 at St Helens Hospital, Auckland, New Zealand (Yes, I'm a JAFA)
Other than family and Medicine, I have interests in computing, photography, tramping, conservation, history and education, and have developed a somewhat controversial reputation for speaking out on these issues, particularly when attempts are made to reduce or "drag down" high quality local services and achievements to the lower level common elsewhere. Over the years I have been involved as a speaker for Antenatal classes (15 years), First Aid courses and various service clubs and have served on the South Taranaki IHC Advisory Committee, as an elected member of the Hawera High School (then) Board of Governors, and later as an elected member of the Hawera Intermediate School Board of Trustees. I currently sit on the Hawera Hospital Steering Committee which is overseeing the implementation of the Pisk Report.
I am Chairman of the Hawera Hospital Intensive Care Trust and currently serve as the GP Peer Review co-ordinator helping local GPs meet their re-accreditation requirements.
A little conspiracy resulted in me being nominated and accepted for a South Taranaki Citizens award on the 23rd Oct 2002.
This Internet site complex is, I believe, a good medium to share some of these interests with others.