Dr Ung an un­sung hero

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS - Arthur Mar­shall Gayn­dah

I RE­TIRED to Gayn­dah six years ago.

The at­mos­phere in the lo­cal com­mu­nity was a rev­e­la­tion af­ter spend­ing my pre­vi­ous 30 years in Syd­ney and Mel­bourne.

The lo­cal busi­ness com­mu­nity, gov­ern­ment em­ploy­ees, vol­un­teers in var­i­ous or­gan­i­sa­tions, sport­ing clubs and cul­tural groups can be proud of their con­tri­bu­tion to the fabric of our town. Some de­voted their lives and can be proud of decades of ser­vice.

Each year the North Bur­nett Re­gional Coun­cil calls for nom­i­na­tions from mem­bers of the com­mu­nity and present Aus­tralia Day Awards in a num­ber of cat­e­gories to ac­knowl­edge in­di­vid­ual achieve­ments.

I have been a pa­tient at our lo­cal surgery run by Dr Henry Ung and dur­ing con­sul­ta­tion dis­cov­ered that on Fe­bru­ary 2, Dr Henry will have pro­vided the res­i­dents of Gayn­dah with his care and at­ten­tion for 50 years. It is re­as­sur­ing as a pa­tient to have con­ti­nu­ity with the GP main­tain­ing your health re­quire­ments.

Through­out Aus­tralia, we have “halls of fame” for dis­tin­guished per­sons, sports men and women, even horses such as Phar Lap in the 1930s and lately Winx, for their out­stand­ing achieve­ments in their par­tic­u­lar fields of en­deav­our.

I thought that pro­fes­sion­als like Dr Henry should have recog­ni­tion for their ded­i­ca­tion to the coun­try com­mu­ni­ties they serve, such as some in­sti­tute of recog­ni­tion or a ti­tle that is dis­tinc­tive to all GPs and other med­i­cal providers.

A re­port in the Sun­day Mail (We are a na­tion of fly-in doc­tors, 13/01/19) stated there are cur­rently more than 12,000 (12,950) over­seas-trained GPs in Queens­land to main­tain med­i­cal ser­vices in our state.

Maybe if the careers of our long-term med­i­cal prac­ti­tion­ers in coun­try ar­eas and their per­sonal ex­pe­ri­ences can be pro­moted dur­ing train­ing it may en­cour­age as­pir­ing GPs to em­u­late their coun­try peers.

Con­grat­u­la­tions Dr Henry, and thanks to your fam­ily team for the ser­vice and ad­vice you have given our com­mu­nity over the past five decades.

❝ It is re­as­sur­ing as a pa­tient to have con­ti­nu­ity with the GP main­tain­ing your health re­quire­ments.

— Arthur Mar­shall

PHOTO: ALEX TREACY

FIFTY NOT-OUT: Satur­day, Fe­bru­ary 2 will mark 50 years since Dr Henry Ung be­gan prac­tis­ing in Gayn­dah.

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