THIS IS ME
A REGULAR INSIGHT INTO SUNSHINE COAST PERSONALITIES
Dr Nerida Flannery is an obstetrician, gynaecologist and fertility specialist practising exclusively at the Buderim Private Hospital. Raised in Mount Isa, she won a Queensland Health Rural Scholarship to assist with her studies, and completed her Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Medicine/surgery at the University of Queensland. A mother of two small children, Nerida has lived, studied and worked on the Sunshine Coast for well over a decade.
Favourite time of day and why?
The evening. It’s the most relaxed time of the day but also often when I have most energy. The evening is usually when I get to catch up with my family and re-connect with what’s going on in their lives.
What excites you?
The weather, or more specifically storms and rain. Perhaps it’s a hangover from growing up in outback Queensland, but I really love thunderstorms and following the weather.
Favourite sport? Player or spectator?
Definite spectator. And I’m willing to watch most anything. I enjoy the rugby, cricket, tennis, the Olympics, triathlon, anything. My favourite sport to watch is whatever my kids are playing. I’m constantly amazed at what they can do.
Best childhood memory?
Camping with my family all over Australia. My father is a keen camper and a champion marathon canoeist, and the two combined meant we had many amazing camping trips to picturesque and often really remote waterways all over Australia – the kind of hardcore camping most people can only dream about.
Where were you born?
Zambia, a small country in southern Africa. It was a trick of fate, as my parents were living in Zambia to further my father’s career as a mining engineer. We left when I was only months old and moved to Mt Isa in far northwest Queensland. I’ve never been back but it’s on the “to do” list.
Where would you like to holiday?
Pretty much anywhere. I love holidays and I love travelling. I’m not picky, I’m as happy holidaying half-an-hour down the road as halfway ’round the world. As long as it’s a holiday.
Cats or dogs? Do you have a pet?
Ummm, neither really. I’m not much of an animal person. We recently acquired two very low-maintenance, highly self-sufficient goldfish imaginatively named Goldy and Red for an outdoor pond. That’s about my pet speed.
Who are your heroes?
I’m inspired by lots of people but to name one would be Dr Catherine Hamlin. She is an amazing woman who has made it her life’s work to prevent obstetric fistula in third world countries. Obstetric fistula and its complications are virtually unheard of in the developed world because it is entirely preventable with appropriate obstetric care. People who work selflessly for organisations such as The Hamlin Foundation, Medecins Sans Frontieres and the Royal Flying Doctor Service are true modern-day heroes.
This is it. I’m blessed to be doing the best job in the world in the best place in the world. But if I had to change, I think I’d become a meteorologist.
What will you be doing in 10 years?
With any luck, more of this. Women’s health, obstetric and fertility are my passion and the rewards are enormous. I hope to continuously grow my knowledge and build on my skills so that I can always genuinely offer the best in care to women and their families.
What’s the best thing about living on the Sunshine Coast?
The best thing about the Sunny Coast is its diversity. It’s the diversity in environments, in cultures, in opportunities and in people. We literally have it all here and combined with a sense of community, that still makes it feel like a country town.