Dr Davis leaves behind ready modern practice
CENTRAL and North Burnett Times journalist Erica Murree sat down with Biggenden Medical Centre’s Dr John Davis before he headed to Warwick.
Dr Davis has spent the past three years at Biggenden and with Dr Vishnu was one of the first doctors in the new multi-purpose health complex.
Q: What are the biggest changes you have seen for the betterment of medicine in Biggenden?
A: The improved access to training for rural doctors to become specialist GPs. This is a vast improvement compared with my experiences 12 years ago.
Q: What is a disadvantage of working in a rural practice?
A: By bulk billing my wages from the medical centre is half of a general practitioner. A junior reliever makes more than I do.
Q: What legacy are you leaving Biggenden?
A: A modern practice ready for a walk-in, walk-out job. It is all set up
for whoever comes.
Q: Where will you be in five years?
A: Depends on work and family.
Q: Best memories of Biggenden.
A: Good crew to work with.
Q: Why was it great to work at the Biggenden Medical Centre?
A: Probably the variety of work.
Q: Biggest disappointment?
A: Too many bureaucrats getting between patients and important funding. There are too many fingers in the pie. As well as the cutbacks to mental health funding in the district.
Q: Where to from Biggenden?
A: Going to Warwick to work in a private practice.
Q: What is a good thing about your new position?
A: Won’t be on call at the hospital.
Q: What are you looking forward to at Warwick?
A: Will be able to use my specialist skills in anaesthetics, which I haven’t in Biggenden.
TOWARWICK: Dr John Davis, of Biggenden Medical Centre.