THIS IS ME

A REG­U­LAR IN­SIGHT INTO SUN­SHINE COAST PER­SON­AL­I­TIES

Life & Style Weekend - - BIG READ - OB­STE­TRI­CIAN, GY­NAE­COL­O­GIST & FER­TIL­ITY SPE­CIAL­IST DR NERIDA FLANNERY

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.

Dream job?

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.

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