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A Mother’s Day Tribute to Everyone

A Mother’s Day Tribute to Everyone

Today is Mother’s Day; the day in which we pay tribute to our beloved mothers as a sign of appreciation for gestating us, pushing us our into the world through their nether-regions, then keeping us alive through the vomit soaked days our vulnerable babyhood, through the tantrums of our toddler years, the tribulations of schooling, … Continue reading

FREEDOM!

FREEDOM!

Half a lifetime ago, I signed up to a contract that would affect every major life decision in ways that I could barely begin to imagine. I’ve now fulfilled my side of the bargain and for the first time in my life, feel a complete sense of freedom. This blog started as I began my return … Continue reading

The End of the Locum Road

The End of the Locum Road

After nearly 2 years, 13 jobs in 11 different towns across 4 states, having taken 85 flights and slept in more different beds than I’d care to count, my time as a locum has finally come to an end. I originally left my cushy city life in order to fulfill my return of service obligations … Continue reading

A Delightful Encounter between the Arts and Medicine

A Delightful Encounter between the Arts and Medicine

Although firmly grounded in science, there is no doubt that the day-to-day practice of medicine involves a fair amount of art. However, in the somewhat sterile world of the doctor’s consulting room, it is rare privilege to encounter “the arts” of the more creative, rather than clinical kind. I encountered such a moment this morning while conducting a … Continue reading

Putting Down Roots

Putting Down Roots

After more than a year of stepping off aeroplanes and into unknown adventures, there is something nice about being met at the baggage carousel by a friendly face and a “welcome home.” Well, not technically home yet, but certainly starting to feel that way. I’m back in Broome for another few weeks, still a locum, but … Continue reading

Broome Time

Broome Time

There are some times as a locum when I have to pinch myself and think “Really? Am I actually getting paid to be here? Wow, what a life!” Spending three weeks in Broome for my latest work trip was one of those times. With a population of around 16 000, Broome is the biggest and best known … Continue reading

Feeling at Home in Hedland

Feeling at Home in Hedland

When I told people that I was going to work in Port Hedland for a few weeks, the typical response was a wrinkled nose, a sympathetic murmur, or a well meaning warning … “you know it’s a bit of a shithole, right?” Admittedly, Hedland is not the most picturesque place in Australia. The landscape is stark; unfathomably long … Continue reading

All That Glitters Is Not Gold

All That Glitters Is Not Gold

I’m into my second year as a locum now and my search continues for the perfect country town to call home. After a fairly length break from clinical work, 2014 kicked off with a four week stint in the wild west town of Kalgoorlie. Kalgoorlie is an historic gold rush town, established alongside the “Golden Mile,” … Continue reading

A Granddaughter’s Grief

A Granddaughter’s Grief

We were not taken by surprise It was expected, really Every visit over recent years, treasured Knowing every goodbye might be the last The words of wisdom had been imparted The family stories told, wonderfully, many times over “It’s all yours now, Pen” he’d said, Christmas before last A handover of sorts He had had … Continue reading

The Accidental Writer

The Accidental Writer

On a hot day in February last year, I was sitting in my lounge room having a chinwag and a cuppa with a good friend of mine. I was confessing my anxiety about leaving my familiar life behind to become a nomadic rural locum. At some point in the conversation I said “Hey, I’m thinking about … Continue reading