Dr Geoff Clarke - ‘Country solo general medical practice in 1966’
Location: Stirling House 49 Broadway Nedlands
Dr Geoff Clarke will present a paper on ‘Country solo general medical practice in 1966’
What was it like to work in a solo country general medical practice in 1966? I was two years post-graduation, as keen as mustard and about to find out. Being the only doctor in the town meant professional isolation. The compensations were superb: experienced country nurses and a community where members supported each other to an extent I had not previously experienced.
In 1966 there was not the emphasis on preventive medicine that forms such a large part of general medical practice today. Virtually every patient who presented to me in Cunderdin and Meckering had a real medical problem that needed to be diagnosed and treated. This contrasted markedly with my experience back then undertaking locums in Perth’s suburbs. In Cunderdin serious emergencies had to be dealt with on the moment and on the spot. The majority of cases were far from life threatening, though many were quite testing. However, there were some light-hearted moments and some situations which arose, I would never have anticipated.
Geoff Clarke AM; MBBS (WA); DA, RCP, RCS; FFARCS; FANZCA; FCICM was born in Midland in 1940. His secondary education included six years at Scotch College and undergraduate medical training at UWA, winning the surgical prize in his final year. Postgraduate anaesthetic training included three years in the UK, the last as Research Fellow, Dept Surgery, University of Glasgow. As a 29 year old he was appointed Head of the Intensive Care Unit Royal Perth Hospital (RPH) and held this post for 33 years until his retirement. Geoff was first and foremost a clinician though also an educationalist. He was among the Australian pioneers of multidisciplinary intensive care medicine and was the first Australian President of the Australian and New Zealand Intensive Care Society. He has received many awards and has numerous medical publications, including A History of the Intensive Care Unit within the Family of Royal Perth Hospital.
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