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